Victoria openers Marcus Harris and Will Pucovski have registered a record partnership of 486 runs, having surpassed the previous best by twin brother pair of Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh, in Australian domestic cricket. With a fifth-wicket stand of 464 for New South Wales against Western Australia in 1990, Waugh brothers had recorded the highest stand in first-class cricket in the Australian cricket domain.
The Sheffield Shield record of 30 years has now been broken, as of Sunday morning, as the Victorian left-right combination opening pair went on and punished the South Australia bowlers as they both scored double hundreds in the course of producing the highest partnership in Sheffield Shield in 128 years, since its inception.
On Friday, October 30, Victoria started off their campaign in the ongoing Sheffield Shield 2020-21 as they took on South Australia at the Glenelg Oval. Meanwhile, South Australia had already lost one fixture and drawn another so far. Having won the toss, hosts South Australia batted first and could only manage a total of 200 in the 1st innings. In reciprocation, Victoria declared at 564/3 with a 364-run lead and Pucovski still unbeaten after his double hundred.
While Harris (239 off 399) was the first one to fall, hence making the record partnership fall 14 runs short of the 500 mark, Pucovski stayed on unbeaten on 255 off 386.
Highest Sheffield Shield partnerships
Will Pucovski and Marcus Harris – 486 v SA, 2020
Mark Waugh and Steve Waugh – 464* v WA, 1990
David Hookes and Wayne Phillips – 462* v Tasmania, 1987
Chris Rogers and Marcus North – 459 v Victoria, 2006