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16 Mar 2007 20:50
South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs hit six sixes in one over against The Netherlands at the World Cup on Friday, setting an international record.
The 33-year-old Gibbs smashed the first three balls from legspinner Daan van Bunge over the short boundary straight down the ground at Warner Park in the 30th over.
The fourth ball was a full toss that disappeared over the midwicket fence, and Gibbs flat-batted a short fifth ball over long-on.
He finished by doing the same with the last ball over long-off.
Gibbs went from 32 to 68 before Van Bunge caught him in the next over at long-on off Luuk van Troost’s bowling for 72.
It is the first time any batsman has hit six sixes in one over of an international match.
West Indies great Sir Garfield Sobers and India’s Ravi Shastri hit six sixes in one over during first-class matches.
Only last week, a tournament sponsor promised to donate $1-million to Habitat for Humanity housing projects if any batsman hit six sixes in one over during the World Cup.—Sapa-AP
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