Chesney Hughes: Derbyshire man exhausted after huge score

Chesney Hughes

Chesney Hughes says he wants to enjoy his mammoth 270 not out against Yorkshire and not worry about the fact that he fell just four runs short of the county's record first-class score.

The 22-year-old came agonisingly close to equalling George Davidson's 274 against Lancashire in 1896.

"It's unfortunate [to miss out on the 117-year county record]," the Anguilla-born batsman told BBC Radio Derby.

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Exhausted Hughes enjoyed double ton

"But I don't want that to take away from what I have achieved."

He added: "I thought about it when he [last-man Tim Groenewald] came out to bat and I tried to get it in the over he got out.

Hughes, who recently signed a new contract which keeps him at the county until September 2015, easily surpassed his previous career-best of 167 - a total he bettered in boundaries alone, plundering 40 fours and three sixes.

He also became the first Derbyshire opener to carry his bat in a first-class match since Chris Rogers against Warwickshire in 2008.

"I batted for a while," he said. "It was exhausting but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Going into the game I didn't have my sights set quite so high but I got into some rhythm and felt comfortable.

"Batting long is exhausting mentally and physically and I am delighted with the whole innings.

"It wasn't easy by any means - it was a challenge all the way through.

"I will try to enjoy every moment of it and look forward to my next innings and the rest of the season."

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