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Six of the best - 40 years on

Gary Sobers
Gary Sobers during his historic over at St Helen's

Next week marks the 40th anniversary of Sir Gary Sobers' history-making six sixes at Swansea's St Helens.

BBC Radio Wales will re-live that batting master-class back on 31 August 1968 with a special show on Bank Holiday Monday (1305 BST).

Peter Walker, who was fielding for Glamorgan on 31 August 1968, gathers together players from his side and Nottinghamshire to recall the event.

They include Glam's unfortunate bowler Malcolm Nash and Sobers himself.

"Gary Sobers turned around Nottinghamshire's season," said the programme's creator Grahame Lloyd.

"It was like Cristiano Ronaldo signing for Derby County.

"This was the last game of the season and they needed to win to finish in the top six and for Gary to win a case of champagne."

Malcolm Nash was the unfortunate bowler who delivered to West Indies left-hander Sobers.

Normally a left-arm new ball bowler, he was bowling left-arm spin instead.

Nash saw his first two deliveries disappear into the stands of the Cricketer's Inn.

The third went into the pavilion enclosure and the fourth was sent over the scoreboard.

The fifth was driven straight and although Roger Davis caught it he fell over the boundary in the process, causing another six to be signalled.

Sobers fiercely pulled the sixth ball out of the ground and into St Helen's Avenue.

The ball itself was not found until the following day.

see also
Six sixes tv producer Norman dies
30 Jul 08 |  Glamorgan
Sobers' six ball fetches 26,400
15 Nov 06 |  South west


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