County news April 24, 2013

Jordan Clark hits six sixes in an over

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jordan Clark, a 22-year-old Lancashire batsman who has yet to make his first-class debut, earned himself a place in cricket history by hitting Yorkshire left-arm spinner Gurman Randhawa for six sixes in an over during a 2nd XI match in Scarborough.

The feat came on the second day of the contest as Clark latched onto Randhawa's 13th over and struck all his blows over the midwicket area. His modest response to the achievement was to say that he thought the time had come "to step it up a little." Until the point of the 36-run over, Randhawa had figures of 2 for 15 in 12 overs.

Although Clark's striking did not come in a top-level match it had him being mentioned in the same breath as Garry Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Yuvraj Singh and Herschelle Gibbs who have achieved the rare full house of sixes in first-class, List A or Twenty20 cricket.

"I hit the first few pretty well, had a chat to my team-mate, and I just carried on really," he told BBC Sport. "I just remember feeling a bit of pressure on the last ball and thinking 'I have got to have a crack'."

Clark, who was part of Lancashire's 2nd XI Trophy-winning team last year, has so far been restricted to one-day and Twenty20 appearances for the first team having joined the club's academy in 2008.

He was not the only fringe county batsman to launch a barrage of sixes on Wednesday as Middlesex's Adam Rossington, playing against Cambridge MCCU, hit five consecutive sixes in an over against Akbar Ansari although Rossington was never in with a chance of matching Clark as the over had begun with a dot ball. He did, however, strike the next ball he faced from Ansari in the following over for another six.