Marais may well have surpassed Macartney's score at Buffalo Park but Border called time on his innings as soon he reached the triple-century. They declared on 512 for 4, bowled their provincial rival Eastern Province out for 212 and were 66 for 2 in response. Though the match was not won, Marais will claim a personal victory after an innings which featured 35 fours and 13 sixes and featured a record fifth-wicket stand of 428. He hopes the innings can provide a stepping stone to break into the Warriors franchise side. "I really hope someone sits up and takes notice. I think every semi-pro player dreams of playing at the next level, which is franchise cricket, and I would love to play in it," Marais said.
? ? - Fours: 35 - Sixes: 13 South African batsman Marco Marais hit an incredible 300 not-out of just 191 balls. That has broken a 96 year old record! pic.twitter.com/8TsKf5QmgE— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) November 29, 2017
The franchise are currently engaged in the Ram Slam 20-over tournament, where they sit at the bottom of the table with only one win from six matches. Their woe would well call for someone with Marais' confidence, especially as his approach appears to be based on self-belief. "I was striking the ball so well," he said. "I decided that I was just going to go hard at them and it came off in the end."
#SA’s #MarcoMarais slams fastest triple-century in First-Class cricket. https://t.co/TWwEJAgVBBNovember 30, 2017
Marais' coach Frank Plaatjes said he had "never seen anything," like the innings before and believes there is more to come from the 24-year old. "I have always said Marco is a special player, I knew something was on the cards because he has been playing so well, but we didn't expect 300 to be honest," Plaatjes said. Marais is currently in action for Border against Northern Cape in Kimberley, where they are struggling. Border were bowled out for 115 in their first innings and Marais made just 5. He currently sits second on the three-day cup run charts.
South African cricketer Marco Marais hits 191-ball 300 to claim world record for fastest first-class triple ton. Read: https://t.co/t2oj6ojJQn pic.twitter.com/FSypE7aOHB— The Field (@thefield_in) November 30, 2017
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