English cricketer scored 410 runs for the highest score of this century

Leicester, England (AP) - Sam NorthEast entered a special group of cricketers to score 400 runs in an innings after scoring an unbeaten 410 for Glamorgan in an English County Championship match on Saturday.

He didn't get a chance to challenge Brian Lara's world-record individual score of 501

Playing for Warwickshire in 1994, also in an English county match - as Glamorgan decided to declare at 795-5 against Leicestershire.

The 32-year-old right-handed batsman NorthEast hit 45 fours and three sixes in his 450-ball knock. It is the highest individual score of this century in elite level cricket,

surpassing Lara's Test-record 400 for the West Indies against England in 2004, and the ninth highest score ever.

Only eight players had ever made 400 or more in first-class cricket.

Like Lara, Australian batsman Bill Ponsford crossed the 400 mark on two occasions while playing for Victoria State in the 1920s.

NorthEast's knock was the fourth 400-plus score in an English county game, after Lara, Archie McLaren (424) in 1895 and Graeme Hick (405) in 1988.