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After the Lara show at Edgbaston

Durham 556-8 dec, Warwickshire 810-4 dec (Lara 501*)

Apart from the privilege of being there 25 years ago today to see Brian Lara make his record 501, BBC Sport's Pat Murphy also remembers well all the post-match palaver.

"Two things stand out in the post-match frenzy," said Murphy, "A chaotic press conference, led off by yours truly, with hundreds of fans pressing their noses and ears against the dining-room window pane.

"And the sheer fatigue on Lara's face. Somehow, he allowed the club's marketing department to drag him over to the other side of the ground to have endless photographs taken alongside the scoreboard.

Brian Lara's record-breaking boundary
Rex Features

"And then he still had the good manners to sign many scorecards specially printed, with the final score, before leaving Edgbaston.

"Then he had to travel down to South London, to prepare for a crucial Benson and Hedges Cup semi-final against Surrey, starting at 10.30 the following morning.

"Lara's 70 that day, against a strong Surrey attack, to book a place in the final, was his greatest innings of a remarkable summer, given the events of 6th June and what they must have taken out of him."

BBC's Pat Murphy on Brian Lara's 501

Durham 556-8 dec, Warwickshire 810-4 dec (Lara 501*)

Long-serving BBC reporter Pat Murphy has been looking after sport in the Midlands for longer than he perhaps cares to remember - as well as covering England's cricket team, initially for Radio 2, before sport was transferred to Radio 5 Live.

He has recently taken a lot of time and trouble to chronicle the events of Warwickshire's Brian Lara-inspired treble-winning campaign of 1994 in a new book.

And, like many cricket fans, he can remember where he was the day Lara got his 501.

At Edgbaston, of course. Although not to start with . . .

Pat Murphy, author of The Greatest Season
BBC Sport

"My cricket reporting day began at Trent Bridge, where England took just 90 minutes to wrap up a comfortable victory over New Zealand. But, after consulting with the Five Live sports desk, digesting the fact that Lara was 285 not out at lunch, I hotfooted it to Edgbaston.

"He was past his triple hundred by then, looking masterful, profiting from a very short boundary on the Members' Bar side. As a cricket nerd, I knew all about Archie MacLaren's 424 (the previous highest score in English cricket) and the only question was 'Would Warwickshire bat on so Lara could surpass that?

"A hurried visit to the Durham dressing-room confirmed that we were on the cusp of history as I consulted two of my best friends in the game.

"David Graveney was sheepishly watching, not bowling, having been injured in the Sunday League game a day earlier (when he had actually taken Lara's wicket).

"The director of cricket, Geoff Cook, confirmed there had been lunchtime discussions about a declaration. But Durham, lacking the injured Graveney and Mark Saxelby, knew they'd lose in a run chase if they set a target, so they were content to see out the day, accepting the draw. 'So you might see some history later', Cook told me.

"I rang my sports desk, told them the likely scenario and settled back to enjoy Lara's untroubled progress.

"By now, he could have batted with a toothpick, such was his command. I never had a doubt he'd pass MacLaren, then Hanif Mohammad's 499. Time was his only enemy."