Kane Williamson bats with the strength of many men

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The sequence was completed: 292, 237, 133, 108. Descending scores as batting conditions became tougher and tougher.

Wait a minute. The first three of those are team scores. The last one isn’t. The sequence actually reads: 292, 237, 133, 189 – of which Kane Williamson alone contributed 108.

Fourth innings hundreds are rare. Fourth innings hundreds to win matches are rarer still. You might get a couple of declarations and then find yourself batting out time in the fourth innings and reach three figures in the process, but to achieve it when sides are being bowled out is another matter altogether.

Kane Williamson basically contributed an entire team’s performance as New Zealand won the second Test against Sri Lanka. Some would call this Herculean, but if you’re our age, it’s another man who’s synonymous with feats of strength. Kane Williamson’s performance was truly Capesian.


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  1. Capesian? I mean, I respect and adore Geoff Capes as much as the next man, his magnificence at lifting things continues to be an inspiration to us all, but surely we don’t need another new word. Personally, I think we should have stuck with Heraclean. Two changes in two-and-a-half thousand years is frankly too many too fast. Bloody Romans, they come over here, reinterpreting the stories of classical antiquity to support their founding mythology for political ends…

  2. The “Labours of Capes” does not have the same ring to it as the “Labours of Heracles” or even Hercules.

    But that slippery fellow (Heracles, not Capes) changed his name more often than some people change their trousers, Bert. He was originally named Alcaeus and then Alcides before settling on Heracles. Then the Romans only went and made matters worse.

    I always wonder about people going under assumed names. What do they have to hide? What say you about that, KC, Bert, Baladeer et. al.?

    1. Seems hugely suspicious to us, Ged Ladd.

      “And lo, Geoff’s way was barred by an avalanche of telephone directories (for this was the distant past when people still needed to look phone numbers up within a giant paper tome).

      “But behold! The great warrior did grasp the telephone directories one by one, tearing each of them in twain, until the path was clear.”

    2. It’s a little known fact, but much of The World’s Strongest Man tournament is based on tales from classical mythology. Take the famous Atlas Stones, for example, or as they were known to the Romans, Testiculis Atlas. According to Greek Mythology, Atlas’s plums were the size of boulders, causing him tremendous backache just from the effort of carrying them around. The lost thirteenth Labour of Heracles was to pick them up and put them on a wall, so as “to provide relief for Atlas”. It was Heracles’s misunderstanding of this task that inspired another of the World’s Strongest Man events.

  3. England doing a lot better in this (actually first class) warmup game against a good attack, with two fast bowlers who have played for SA and the other one having a first class average of 21.

    Hales still getting bowled, but still, baby steps

      1. Much as I’d love to see McCullum go on, he really doesn’t have much left to prove. Plus, there’s a clear-cut replacement as captain in Williamson, and the side’s very settled at the moment. Still would have liked to see him keep going through the World T20, but it’s also hard to argue with a home farewell.

      2. Boooooooo. He’s definitely going too early. A great player and a pretty decent bloke too, as it happens. Genuinely wondering if we’ll ever look upon his like again.

  4. I just had an endoscopy done. Unless Kane Williamson had something shoved down his throat, I refuse to accept he has the strength of multiple men. Ugghh….Aarrghh….. pukeypukeypuke…..

      1. Tell me about it 🙁 I get one whenever I’m ill, plus every two years or so “just for fun” (I think that’s why they inflict it on me anyway, the sadists).

      2. Can’t imagine the “other way”, but this was one of the worst ten minute passages of my life. They kept asking me to relax, as if that was an option. Doctors are bastards. Well at least, BailOut has it worse.

      3. It’s the breakfast show, here on King Cricket.

        Coming up next, “how colonic irrigation techniques might help Mick Hunt spice up Lord’s (the Home of Cricket) wickets this summer.”

      4. What with this and news of Baz’s retirement being broken to me here, this is one of the worst KC posts ever. Without prejudice to the Post Author or his original material, which seems largely irrelevant now. I can’t even remember what it was about.

      5. “The Post Author or his original material, which seems largely irrelevant now…”

        ‘Twas ever thus.

      6. There are many other ways you can have those done, as it happens. I’ve a funny story about having a colonoscopy some years ago, but it can wait for another time. The one you don’t want to think about too much is the ureteroscopy.

        But anyway, to remove such thoughts from your minds, please enjoy this clip of a colonoscopy, and in particular, the choice of background music. Two minutes in, but the first two minutes is worth watching anyway.

      7. A friend went to a heart specialist. He was sitting in the waiting room, surrounded by sad-looking people many years older than himself, when Unbreak My Heart came on.


    1. 17/20, missing only the ones about Flintoff winning some award, Sachin tweeting something, and Sangakkara and Jayawardene’s hundreds.

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