Border batsman Marco Marais made headlines recently when he smashed the fastest triple century in the history of first-class cricket.

The 24-year-old made 300 not out off 191 balls in a three-day match against Eastern Province in East London.

Marais' heroics saw him beat a long-standing record which stood for 96 years.

The record was held by Australia's Charles Macartney, who took 221 balls to reach his 300 for Australia against Nottinghamshire in 1921.

According to the DispatchLIVE website, Marais brought up his century off 68 balls, before going on to break the South African record for the fastest double century, reaching his 200 off 139 balls.

He hit 35 fours and 13 sixes as Border amassed 512/4 in 80 overs.

Eastern Province was bowled out for 212 in their first innings, while Border were 66/2 in their second innings when the game ended in a draw.

According to Netwerk24, Marais is a farmer from Stutterheim who travels 95 km to East London four times per week to practise.

According to ESPNcricinfo, Marais has played 34 first-class games, scoring 1 773 runs at an average of 37. V Source: www.sport24.co.za