Perfect Father’s Day for proud dad Matt

Billy Root, left, and Matt Root of Sheffield Collegiate
Billy Root, left, and Matt Root of Sheffield Collegiate
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Matt Root was handed an ultimate early present before Father’s Day yesterday, as both his star cricketing sons hit double-hundreds with the bat.

Matt’s eldest Joe, of course, hit his first Test match double century at Lord’s against Sri Lanka - just days after his brother Billy hit 200 for Nottinghamshire’s Second XI against Derbyshire.

Remarkably, the two identical scores came off the same number of balls and Matt, of Dore, said: “It is not the first time it has happened, either.

“Billy and I were playing a club game together for Sheffield Collegiate against Welbeck and we put 300, on with Billy getting 200 of them.

“Then, just two days later, Joe got 250 for Yorkshire, so Billy was only the family champion for a couple of days!

“I’ve seen every ball of Joe’s three hundreds for England now, and I’m incredibly proud of them both.

“To be honest it doesn’t get much better than this, and what a great Father’s Day present to have your two boys hit double hundreds in one week!”

After Root reached his hundred on Thursday, his mum Helen sent him a message saying ‘Well done, but unlucky - it’s not 200 like Billy!’

The 23-year-old replied: ‘Thanks, but I’m not finished yet’ - and he went on to double up. Both Root brothers came through the ranks at Sheffield Collegiate CC, and Billy - a former Yorkshire Academy star - is still a member of the club’s Yorkshire League first team.