Headmaster Tim Greene said, “Clifton College would like to send many congratulations to Pranav Dhanawade on being the first ever person to score more than 1000 runs in a single innings, surpassing AEJ Collins’ record of 628 set in 1899.
“The innings displayed by Dhanawade showed real grit, determination and a huge amount of commitment and we feel AEJ Collins, should he be alive today, would be proud of this amazing achievement.”
As a 13 year old at Clifton College, Collins hit his record 628 in June 1899 for Clark House against North Town House. Collins's record-making innings drew a large crowd and media interest. Spectators at the Old Cliftonian match being played nearby were drawn away to watch the junior school House cricket match in which Collins was playing.
More recently, a number of Old Cliftonians have played first class cricket for Gloucestershire and Glamorgan and, most prominently, James Kirtley had an extremely successful career with Sussex CCC and represented England in all three formats of the game.