Ashes outshone

A major incident in a county championship match at Swansea dominated 1968 after England had drawn a dull Ashes series against Bill Lawry’s Australians. Gary Sobers became the first man to hit six sixes in an over in first class cricket. 

The Glamorgan team had reached the dressing room after left-armer Malcom Nash had been humiliated by Sobers, Nottinghamshire’s captain. The final six flew so far out of the St Helen’s ground that Sobers declared rather than waste time while a suitable replacement ball was found. “Tony Lewis was pretty astute,” recalled Nash. “He said I should make sure I get the right fees from the press for talking to them about the over. Then somebody suggested I should write a book about it. ‘What would you call it, Nashy?’ piped up Tony Cordle, ‘Gone With the Wind?’

Sobers’ feat handed John Parkin an historic moment in a failed career at Nottinghamshire. Few people would remember he was the non-striker. Nash’s figures when Sobers arrived at the crease were 16-3-42-4. and his final analysis read 21-3-100-4, with his West Indian tormentor 76 not out.

Detail from Six Of The Best — Cricket’s Most Famous Over by Grahame Lloyd

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