Liv­ing­stone’s feat cel­e­brated with a beer

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CHRIS OSTICK

NOT many crick­eters have the hon­our of hav­ing a beer named af­ter them – and even fewer when they are yet to make their first-class de­but.

But the pa­trons of Nantwich Cricket Club are en­joy­ing the de­lights of Livvy’s 350, named af­ter Lan­cashire’s Liam Liv­ing­stone. The 21-yearold shot to fame ear­lier this year when he scored a re­mark­able 350 – hence the name of the ale – for the Cheshire County League club off just 138 balls play­ing against Caldy from the Liver­pool Com­pe­ti­tion in the ECB Na­tional Club Cham­pi­onship.

It helped his team to post 579-7 be­fore the Wir­ral side were bowled out for just 79!

At first, it was thought Liv­ing­stone’s stunning feat, which in­cluded 34 fours and an amaz­ing 27 sixes, was a world record score in a one-day game.

But fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed two higher scores – United Cricket Club’s Shab­bir Mo­ham­mad in 2006 and Pak­istan’s Shahzad Ma­lik, who scored 403 for Hert­ford­shire club side Lan­g­ley­bury against the Mid­dle­sex Tamils in 2005.

But it didn’t stop the world want­ing to speak to Liv­ing­stone with me­dia in In­dia and Australia in­ter­view­ing the Cum­brian-born bats­man.

And now lo­cal brew­ery Joseph Holt has marked the feat by putting his name to their lat­est tip­ple – not that you will find the man him­self hav­ing a cel­e­bra­tory pint.

“I don’t re­ally like lager never mind bit­ter so I don’t know how it tastes,” said Liv­ing­stone. “It is a pale ale and when they asked me if they could name it af­ter me, I thought it was a great hon­our!”

Livvy’s 350 is ex­clu­sively avail­able to cricket clubs in Cheshire, in con­junc­tion with Joseph Holt’s Spon­sor­ship of the Cheshire County League’s Twenty 20 com­pe­ti­tion.

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