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.

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  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    A young cricketer named Jordan Clarke Who lives near us at Red Beck Park Entered into the public eye When playing cricket this young guy Hit six sixes for Lancashire in one over Never before seen it was a super nova For the English cricket game And for Jordan, who is now a name.

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Hope to see you in English colours in the next couple of years...

  • Pan on April 25, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Even on a village green against a poor 4th XI, that would be a quality achievement, well done, lad!

  • Andrew on April 25, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Hitting the ball for six is one thing ... being able to keep it up for 6 deliveries is a rightful achievement ... To be named alongside players of Sir Gary Sobers' caliber means you have done a rare thing ... I remember seeing Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh's innings live on Television ... Well Done ...

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    WELL DONE YOUNG MAN, CLARK... You still have a long way to go, Can you try against a Fast Bowler of Stuart Broad's calibre... Good Luck

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    All the best young man :)

  • Hamdan on April 25, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Well played..... We hope you in English side as well.....

  • Ian on April 24, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Well, if you've hit five sixes off the first five balls, it would be rude not to at least have a hack at the sixth wouldn't it?

    Six more sixes than I'll ever hit.

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