Shamik Das

Friday, March 16, 2007

Herschelle joins Garfield in the history books

"Hey hey, kids!"    "I hate Mondays"

No, not those two, these two:-

Herschelle Gibbs celebrates his remarkable feat    Gary Sobers becomes the first man to hit six sixes in an over of a first-class game

St Kitts, World Cup, Group A: Netherlands 132/9 (40 overs) lost to South Africa 346/3 (40 overs) by 221 runs

Herschelle Gibbs made history today by becoming the first man to score six sixes in a World Cup over, smashing the hapless Daan van Bunge into the record books.

In so doing Gibbs emulated the legendary Bajan all-rounder Garry Sobers - who blasted Glamorgan's Malcolm Nash for 36 on August 31st, 1968 - and Indian ace Ravi Shastri, who hit a maximum for Bombay against Baroda in January 1985.

Gibbs's feat was the first such occurrence in a one-day international.

Here's how it happenned: van Bunge's first three balls were slapped back over his head, ball 4 was pulled on the full over midwicket, ball 5 was biffed over long-off and the final ball of the over was smashed high over the long-on boundary to break the record with elan!

Watch for yourself ...

... and watch the first ever 36 run over - Windies great Sir Garfield Sobers for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan at St Helen's, Swansea, 39 years ago.

Other records broken at Warner Park included the fastest ever ODI fifty from Mark Boucher - who took just 21 balls to reach the landmark - the most sixes in an ODI innings (18), South Africa's highest World Cup total (346) and their greatest margin of victory in a one-dayer.

Anything else? Oh yeah, Jacques Kallis smacked three sixes off the last three balls of the innings to finish unbeaten on 128, the tournament's top score so far.

In today's other game England slipped to a disappointing six wicket defeat to New Zealand in Group C, Scott Styris (87*) and Jacob Oram (63*) picking off the runs with ease.


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