Sam and Emma Corney in front of the Topsham scorebox showing their scores in the record stand of 197

BROTHER and sister Sam and Emma Corney shared a record stand batting for Exmouth 3rdXI in the game against Topsham.

Sam, who is 17, and 14-year-old Emma batted together in an unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 197 in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League H Division East match.

Sam made 108 off 95 deliveries with 18 fours, went in at 51 for two after the demise of veteran opener Roger Wensley.

Emma, like her brother a pupil at Exeter School, joined Sam at 91 for four and stayed with him until the end.

Emma, who is the captain of the Devon U15 Girls team, made 67 off 68 balls with seven fours.

There has never been a H Division East until this season – and no one had made a big enough score before to warrant an entry into the record book!

“I would imagine there has never been a stand that bit between a brother and sister in the Devon League, or any other men’s league,” said Exmouth captain Julian Page.

“They both batted superbly – it was great to watch.”

It was almost inevitable Sam and Emma would play cricket as the sport is in the family.

Grandad Peter opened the batting for Exmouth in the 1970s. Dad Russell used to play for Clyst Hydon and now turns out for Exmouth 3rdXI when required.

Topsham, who had Emma’s Devon team-mate Maddy Ross in their side, were all out for 203.