The Blackheath Ton
Don Bradman (centre, arms folded, without cap) standing next to team-mate Wendell Bill (left) and Blackheath Mayor Peter Sutton (right) on the day of this famous innings.
Don Bradman once scored 100 runs in 3 overs. The match was played in the Blue Mountains town of Blackheath between Blackheath and Lithgow to commemorate the opening of their concrete wicket. Bradman and his New South Wales team-mate O.Wendell Bill were guests in the Blackheath Team. The game was played in December 1931 and Bradman made 256 comprising 14 sixes & 29 fours. Midway through the innings he walked down to Wendell Bill (his batting partner) and said ‘I think I’ll have a go’.
Over the next three overs his scoring shots were;
1st Over; 66424461 (33)
2nd Over 64466464 (40)
3rd Over 16611446 (27) & 2 to Wendell Bill.
Wendell Bill scored singles on the first & fifth balls of the 3rd Over. At the time 8-ball overs were the convention.
Bradman later wrote;
‘It is important I think to emphasise that the thing was not planned. It happened purely by accident and everyone was surprised at the outcome, none more so than I.’
Download an excerpt of Don Bradman speaking about the Blackheath Ton. (Audio mp3 file)