Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers all-rounder, Marcus Stoinis has achieved cricket’s rarest feat, which has only been recorded 4 times before, by smashing 6 sixes of NIS’s part time bowler Brendan Smith in an over. Smith conceded 37 of that over as the first ball was bowled a wide.
The first was a wide bowl, followed by 3 short pitched deliveries which were dispatched over mid-wicket. The next three were full pitched and went over the ropes at long on.
While playing for the National Performance Squad in a 50-over match against the National Indigenous Squad at Allan Border Field, Stoinis ended with 121 from 73 balls in the match. Smith, captain of the NSW Under-17s, bowled well in the warm-up game earlier against Southern Stars on Saturday, taking 2 for 17 but couldn’t repeat his performance as he went for 37 in the only over that he bowled in the match.
NPS was struggling at 165 for 5 in the 37th over when Stoinis tore Smith’s spell apart. As a result of this, the innings NPS ended with 296 from their quota of overs.
The NPS won the match by 42 runs, with Smith scoring 39 in the chase and Stoinis taking 1-20 from five overs.
Such a performance with the bat has only been put four times before this. Sir Garfield Sobers was the first batsman to execute this, hitting Glamorgan’s Malcolm Nash over the fence six times playing for Nottinghamshire in Swansea in 1968. Next was Bombay’s Ravi Shastri who annihilated left-arm spinner Tilak Raj in a Ranji Trophy match against Baroda in 1985. Herschelle Gibbs was the first and the only one till now to have done this in an ODI, when he smashed the Dutch bowler Daan van Bunge for six sixes in the 2007 World Cup. And then it was India’s Yuvraj Singh who took England’s Stuart Broad’s case in the inaugural edition of T20 World Cup in 2007.
However, Stoinis’s feat today is unlikely to count towards the official record books, as the game is a non-sanctioned practice match.
Adelaide Strikers’ West Indian star Kieron Pollard also achieved the feat in a non-sanctioned match late in the last year.
National Performance Squad- 296/9 from 50 overs (Renshaw 40(71), Stoinis 121(73), Lavender 3 for 37 from 9 overs)
National Indigenous Squad- 254/8 from 50 overs (Short 85(85), Trask 50(52), Kuhnemann 3 for 34 from 7 overs)