‘See ball, hit ball’, New Zealand duo belt 43 runs off sin­gle over

Gulf Times Sport - - CRICKET -

Cen­tral Dis­tricts medium pacer Willem Lu­dick earned an un­wanted place in the record books yes­ter­day when North­ern Dis­tricts took 43 runs off one of his overs in a do­mes­tic one-day cricket match in New Zealand.

North­ern Dis­tricts bats­men Joe Carter and Brett Hamp­ton belted six sixes — two of which were hit off no balls — a four and a sin­gle dur­ing the first class match at Hamil­ton’s Sed­don Park.

Carter fin­ished on 102 not out, while Hamp­ton was dis­missed for 95 as North­ern Dis­tricts scored 313 for seven in their 50 overs in the game that they even­tu­ally won by 25 runs. Lu­dick fin­ished with fig­ures of 85 for one off 10 overs.

“It was right at the end and I sup­pose it was a ‘see ball, hit ball’ sce­nario,” said Hamp­ton. “We got a cou­ple of free no balls which helped us to get go­ing.

“We came to­gether (at the end of the over) and said ‘how many did we get on that?’ I think we said it was 39. We missed a four there.”

Al­though bat­ting greats Ravi Shas­tri and Garry Sobers fa­mously smashed six sixes off the overs of Ti­lak Raj and Mal­colm Nash re­spec­tively in first class matches, the world record is by no means clear. South Africa’s Her­schelle Gibbs also hit six sixes for a tally of 36 off Nether­lands legspin­ner Daan van Bunge dur­ing a 2007 World Cup match in St. Kitts, the most in an in­ter­na­tional one-dayer. Web­site Cricinfo, in what it al­lows is a po­ten­tially in­com­plete list, awards the first class one-day record to Zim­babwe in­ter­na­tional El­ton Chigum­bura, who belted 39 off Alaud­din Babu dur­ing one over in Bangladesh in 2013.

They dis­counted the 77 runs that for­mer New Zealand bats­man Robert Vance con­ceded dur­ing a first-class match against Can­ter­bury in 1990.

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