Lancashire County Cricket Club
Lancashire County Cricket Club represents the historic county of Lancashire. The club has held first-class status since it was founded in 1864. Lancashire's home is Old Trafford Cricket Ground, although the team play matches at other grounds around the county. Lancashire was a founder member of the County Championship in 1890 and have won the competition nine times, most in 2011; the club's limited overs team is called Lancashire Lightning. Lancashire were recognised as the Champion County four times between 1879 and 1889, they won their first two County Championship titles in the 1904 seasons. Between 1926 and 1934, they won the championship five times. Throughout most of the inter-war period and their neighbours Yorkshire had the best two teams in England and the Roses Matches between them were the highlight of the domestic season. In 1950, Lancashire shared the title with Surrey; the County Championship was restructured in 2000 with Lancashire in the first division. They won the 2011 County Championship, a gap of 77 years since the club's last outright title in 1934.
In 1895, Archie MacLaren scored 424 in an innings for Lancashire, which remains the highest score by an Englishman in first-class cricket. Johnny Briggs, whose career lasted from 1879 to 1900, was the first player to score 10,000 runs and take 1,000 wickets for Lancashire. Ernest Tyldesley, younger brother of Johnny Tyldesley, is the club's leading run-scorer with 34,222 runs in 573 matches for Lancashire between 1909 and 1936. Fast bowler Brian Statham took a club record 1,816 wickets in 430 first-class matches between 1950 and 1968. England batsman Cyril Washbrook became Lancashire's first professional captain in 1954; the Lancashire side of the late 1960s and early 1970s, captained by Jack Bond and featuring the West Indian batsman Clive Lloyd, was successful in limited overs cricket, winning the Sunday League in 1969 and 1970 and the Gillette Cup four times between 1970 and 1975. Lancashire won the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1984, three times between 1990 and 1996, the Sunday League in 1989, 1998 and 1999.
They won the Twenty20 Cup for the first time in 2015. First XI honoursChampion County – 1881; as advised by the Association of Cricket Statisticians, the earliest known reference to the sport being played in the county has been found in the Manchester Journal dated Saturday, 1 September 1781. It concerned an eleven-a-side match played the previous Monday, 27 August, at Brinnington Moor between a team of printers and one representing the villages of Haughton and Bredbury, who were the winners; as Bredbury was in Cheshire, the match is the earliest reference for that county too. In 1816, the Manchester Cricket Club was founded and soon became the main north country rivals of Nottingham Cricket Club and Sheffield Cricket Club. On 23–25 July 1849, the Sheffield and Manchester clubs played each other at Hyde Park in Sheffield but the fixture was styled Yorkshire v Lancashire, it was the first match to involve a team using Lancashire as its name and is sometimes reckoned to have been the first Roses Match.
Yorkshire won by five wickets. Teams called Yorkshire, though based on the Sheffield club, had been active since 1833; the Roses Match is one of cricket's most famous rivalries. In 1857, the Manchester club moved to Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire cricket since. On Tuesday, 12 January 1864, Manchester Cricket Club organised a meeting at the Queen's Hotel in Manchester for the purpose of forming a club to represent the county. Thirteen local clubs were represented: Broughton, Longsight and Western from the Manchester area. Lancashire County Cricket Club was founded with the object of, it was said, "spreading a thorough knowledge and appreciation of the game throughout Lancashire", it was intended to stage home matches alternately at Old Trafford, Preston, Blackburn and at "other places to help introduce good cricket throughout the county". The new county club played its first-ever official game at Warrington against Birkenhead Park on Wednesday, 15 June 1864 but, not a first-class match; the first inter-county match, first-class, was played in 1865 at Old Trafford against Middlesex.
The early Lancashire side was reliant upon amateurs. During the early 1870s, the team was dominated by A. N. Hornby’s batting; the team's standard of cricket improved with the arrival of two professional players, Dick Barlow and Alex Watson. The impact of Barlow and Hornby was such that their batting partnership was immortalised in the poem At Lord’s by Francis Thompson; the team was further enhanced by A. G. Stee
Edgar “Ned” Willsher was an English cricketer known for being a catalyst in the shift from roundarm to overarm bowling. A left-handed bowler, useful lower-order batsman, Willsher played first-class cricket for Kent County Cricket Club between 1850 and 1875, he took despite only having one lung. He led a tour of Canada and the United States in 1868, after retiring from his playing career became an umpire. Willsher was born in Rolvenden, Kent, his older brother, senior by over ten years, William Willsher, would go on to have an inauspicious career with Kent three years before Edgar's own debut when, in 1847, he appeared in one first-class match, scoring a pair at number eleven and not bowling. Edgar Willsher made his own debut on 11 July 1850 at the Kennington Oval against Surrey, he took four wickets in Surrey's first innings, but was not required to bat again as Kent were dismissed successively for 52 and 84 when following on after Surrey's 248. Willsher waited over a year for his next game, against the All England Eleven on 24 July 1851.
This time Kent secured a draw, with Willsher taking four wickets in a match truncated by rain. He played only one other game in 1851, finishing the season with only eleven wickets though they were taken at an economical 17.50 runs per wicket. He became a more regular feature of the Kent side from 1853, with thirty-nine appearances over the next four years, he took thirty-two wickets in 1854, including a career-best 7/22. He passed fifty wickets in the season for the first time during the 1856 season, taking 66 in total at 10.76 runs per wicket from only eight games. This included four ten-wicket match hauls, he bettered his efforts with 71 wickets from ten games in 1857, though could only take 29 scalps in 1858 playing only six games. Seventy-nine wickets in 1859, one better in 1860 established Willsher as a key bowler for Kent, as he featured in their starting XI with fourteen games in each season; the 1860 season saw his career-best innings figures of 8/16, as well as his first noted successes with the bat, scoring his maiden half century, one of four for the season.
Fifteen more games in 1861 yielded another career-best 87 wickets in the season, his second eight-wicket haul. By the early 1860s, roundarm had replaced underarm as the standard form of bowling but overarm was still illegal though it was in use. Laws were modified in 1845 in an attempt to limit the increasing height of the bowlers arm. On 26 August 1862 at The Oval, Willsher became the first cricketer to be no-balled for bowling overarm. Playing for an England XI against Surrey he was called six times by umpire John Lillywhite for delivering the ball with his hand above his shoulder. Willsher left the field with eight of his professional colleagues and play was abandoned for the rest of the day; when Lillywhite refused to accept the legality of Willsher's action, he was replaced as umpire so that the game could continue. Willsher went on to take 6 for 49; as a result of this incident, which may well have been planned in advance to force the issue, the laws were changed and overarm was legalised from the beginning of the 1864 season.
Meanwhile, the 1863 season saw another 80 wickets for Willsher, as well as 494 runs with the bat, including three half-centuries. The runs scored during the season, his highest score of 89, would remain his career best. 1864 saw more success for Willsher in the County Championship with 79 more wickets at 13.84 runs each, though he failed to pass 50 with the bat. Though he struggled with only 47 wickets in 1865, he remained consistent with 52 scalps in 1866 and 51 more in the following season, though again failing with the bat with a best over both years of 46; the 1868 season, however was the best of Willsher’s career with the ball, taking in a hot and dry summer 113 wickets at only 9.98 runs per wicket, the second occasion - and one of only three in his entire career - where Willsher’s season average was under 10.00. This included twelve five-wicket hauls, six ten-wicket hauls, both career-best performances. Though once again struggling with the bat, scoring 246 runs at 10.69, Willsher’s 113 wickets was second in the list of wicket-takers for the 1868 season, behind only future Test player James Southerton, Willsher's average out-performed Southerton's 13.76.
Willsher enjoyed successes in 1869 and 1870, with 64 and 84 wickets and took 70 more wickets in 1871. From 1872 until retirement in 1875 he never bettered 35 wickets in a season, though he averages remained strong and his five-wicket hauls consistent, his appearances for Kent began to diminish, in 1874 he played only seven matches, not passing fifty with the bat after 1869, taking only two ten-wicket hauls in his final four seasons compared to thirteen in the proceeding four. Willsher played only two games in the 1875 season; the first, on 17 June against Hampshire, saw Willsher take four wickets in a convincing Kent innings victory, It was his final appearance for his county. In the last game of his first-class caree on 19 August between two invitation XI's representing the North and South of the country, playing alongside WG Grace, made only one run and was not called on to bowl. Arthur Haygarth: Scores and Biographies Edgar Willsher at ESPNcricinfo
W. G. Grace
William Gilbert "W. G." Grace, was an English amateur cricketer, important in the development of the sport and is considered one of its greatest-ever players. Universally known as "W. G.", he played first-class cricket for a record-equalling 44 seasons, from 1865 to 1908, during which he captained England, the Gentlemen, Marylebone Cricket Club, the United South of England Eleven and several other teams. Right-handed as both batsman and bowler, Grace dominated the sport during his career, his technical innovations and enormous influence left a lasting legacy. An outstanding all-rounder, he excelled at all the essential skills of batting and fielding, but it is for his batting that he is most renowned, he is held to have invented modern batsmanship. Opening the innings, he was admired for his mastery of all strokes, his level of expertise was said by contemporary reviewers to be unique, he captained the teams he played for at all levels because of his skill and tactical acumen. Grace came from a cricketing family: E. M. Grace was one of his elder brothers and Fred Grace his younger brother.
In 1880, they were members of the same England team, the first time three brothers played together in Test cricket. Grace took part in other sports also: he was a champion 440-yard hurdler as a young man and played football for the Wanderers. In life, he developed enthusiasm for golf, lawn bowls and curling, he qualified as a medical practitioner in 1879. Because of his medical profession, he was nominally an amateur cricketer but he is said to have made more money from his cricketing activities than any professional cricketer, he was an competitive player and, although he was one of the most famous men in England, he was one of the most controversial on account of his gamesmanship and moneymaking. W. G. Grace was born in Downend, near Bristol, on 18 July 1848 at his parents' home, Downend House, was baptised at the local church on 8 August, he was called Gilbert in the family circle, except by his mother who called him Willie, but otherwise, as "W. G.", he was universally known by his initials.
His parents were Henry Mills Grace and Martha, who were married in Bristol on Thursday, 3 November 1831 and lived out their lives at Downend, where Henry Grace was the local GP. Downend is near Mangotsfield and, although it is now a suburb of Bristol, it was "a distinct village surrounded by countryside" and about four miles from Bristol. Henry and Martha Grace had nine children in all: "the same number as Victoria and Albert – and in every respect they were the typical Victorian family". Grace was the eighth child in the family; the ninth child was his younger brother Fred Grace, born in 1850. Grace began his Cricketing Reminiscences by answering a question he had been asked: i.e. was he "born a cricketer"? His answer was in the negative because he believed that "cricketers are made by coaching and practice", though he adds that if he was not born a cricketer, he was born "in the atmosphere of cricket", his father and mother were "full of enthusiasm for the game" and it was "a common theme of conversation at home".
In 1850, when W. G. was two and Fred was expected, the family moved to a nearby house called "The Chesnuts" which had a sizeable orchard and Henry Grace organised clearance of this to establish a practice pitch. All nine children in the Grace family, including the four daughters, were encouraged to play cricket although the girls, along with the dogs, were required for fielding only. Grace claimed, it was in the Downend orchard and as members of their local cricket clubs that he and his brothers developed their skills under the tutelage of his uncle, Alfred Pocock, an exceptional coach. Apart from his cricket and his schooling, Grace lived the life of a country boy and roamed with the other village boys. One of his regular activities was stone throwing at birds in the fields and he claimed that this was the source of his eventual skill as an outfielder. Grace was "notoriously unscholarly", his first schooling was with a Miss Trotman in Downend village and with a Mr Curtis of Winterbourne. He subsequently attended a day school called Ridgway House, run by a Mr Malpas, until he was fourteen.
One of his schoolmasters, David Barnard married Grace's sister Alice. In 1863, Grace was taken ill with pneumonia and his father removed him from Ridgway House. After this illness, Grace grew to his full height of 6 ft 2 in, he continued his education at home where one of his tutors was the Reverend John Dann, the Downend parish church curate. Grace never went to university, but Grace was approached by both Oxford University Cricket Club and Cambridge University Cricket Club. In 1866, when he played a match at Oxford, one of the Oxford players, Edmund Carter, tried to interest him in becoming an undergraduate. In 1868, Grace received overtures from Caius College, which had a long medical tradition. Grace said he would have gone to either Cambridge if his father had allowed it. Instead, he enrolled at Bristol Medical School in October 1868, when he was 20. Henry Grace founded Mangotsfield Cricket Club in 1845 to represent several neighbouring villages including Downend. In 1846, this club merged with the West Gloucestershire Cricket Club whose name was adopted until 1867.
It has been said that the Grace family ran t
Percy Stanislaus McDonnell was an Australian cricketer who captained the Australian Test team in six matches, including the tour of England in 1888. McDonnell was an attacking batsman and his averages are among the best of his era, his top Test score of 147 was made in a partnership of 199 with Alick Bannerman at the SCG when the other 9 batsman in the team contributed 29 to the team score. In 1886/7, McDonnell became the first Test captain to win the toss and elect to field, he had mixed results. England nonetheless won the match. McDonnell died of cardiac failure at his South Brisbane residence aged 35 and his funeral proceed from there to the Toowong Cemetery
Richard "Dick" Gorton Barlow was a cricketer who played for Lancashire and England. Barlow will be best remembered for his batting partnership with A N Hornby, immortalised in nostalgic poetry by Francis Thompson, he was an umpire and a football referee, including at the record 26–0 score between Preston North End and Hyde in the FA Cup. Cricket was engrained in Barlow from an early age, he went on to play for Lancashire for 20 years and continued to play at lower levels into his sixties, he left school aged fourteen to work in a printing office as an apprentice compositor. He was an iron moulder with Dobson & Barlow in Bolton, in 1865 he moved to Derbyshire when his father got work at the Staveley Iron Works, it was for Staveley Iron Works Cricket Club that Barlow first played cricket, becoming a cricket professional with Farsley in Leeds in 1871, the year in which he first played for Lancashire. From 1873 to 1877 he was the professional for Saltaire in Bradford. Barlow played one match for Derbyshire in the 1875 season against a United North of England Eleven.
Barlow was 5 ft 8 inches tall and weighed eleven stone. He was sturdily built. Barlow was known for his defensive batting, which made it hard to dismiss him, which earned him the nickname Stonewaller. On one occasion he scored no runs in a partnership of 45 with AN Hornby, dismissed for 44, he holds the world first-class record for the lowest score by a batsman carrying his bat: against Nottinghamshire in 1882 he batted through the innings and made 5 not out when Lancashire were dismissed for 69. Barlow was a good bowler with much variation. According to a story related by Alan Gibson, Barlow was working as a railway porter when Hornby first encountered him. Hornby happened to see him batting against the bowling of the station-master, asked if he might have a bowl himself. "Ay, do," was the reply. "He's been in for a fortnight." Barlow is immortalised in one of the best-known pieces of cricket poetry, a poem called At Lord's by Francis Thompson. In it Thompson remembers back watching Barlow and A N Hornby play for Lancashire through rose-tinted glasses.
The first verse of the poem, repeated as the final verse is the best known: Barlow took part in the original Ashes match and is commemorated by the poem pasted on the side of The Ashes urn: Barlow played seven times for England against Australia in England: in the match which gave rise to the Ashes at the Oval in 1882. He made no big score in these matches, but his partnership with Allan Steel was the turning point of the game at Lord's in 1884, at Manchester, in 1886, his steadiness pulled England through when the Australian bowlers were in deadly form on a crumbled wicket. Moreover, he took seven wickets for 44 runs in Australia's second innings. In 1884 at Trent Bridge, for the North of England against the Australians, Barlow played the game of his life, he scored not out 10 and 101 and took ten wickets—four for six runs and six for 42. It is on record that when the North started their second innings on a slow and nasty wicket, Fred Spofforth, Australia's Demon bowler said, "Give me the ball: they won't get more than 60".
As events turned out they got 255, Barlow and Flowers putting on 158 runs together after five wickets had fallen for 53. At the end of that afternoon Barlow was a happy man. Barlow paid three visits to Australia, going out with Alfred Shaw and Arthur Shrewsbury in 1881/1882, with the Hon. Ivo Bligh in 1882/3, again with Shaw and Shrewsbury in 1886/1887, he played in every match of all three tours. On the first of those tours, after scoring 75 at Sydney against New South Wales, a local wag presented Barlow with a commemorative belt. "I thought we had the champion sticker in Alec Bannerman," said the wag, "but you've won the belt." Near the end of his life Barlow was quoted in the Manchester Guardian: "I don't think any cricketer has enjoyed his cricketing career better than I have done, if I had my time to come over again I should be what I have been all my life – a professional cricketer". Barlow had a wife, a daughter, Eliza, he died 31 July 1919 in Stanley Park, is buried in Layton Cemetery.
On his tombstone is inscribed'bowled at last'. Media related to Dick Barlow at Wikimedia Commons "At Lord's" by Francis Thompson Cricinfo page on Dick Barlow Wisden obituary, which appeared in 1920, is now out of copyright and is borrowed from in part in this article CricketArchive page on Dick Barlow Brief profile of R. G. Barlow by Don Ambrose Lancashire player number 73 – Barlow, Richard Gorton by Don Ambrose Works by Dick Barlow at LibriVox
William Lloyd "Billy" Murdoch was an Australian cricketer who captained the Australian national side in 16 Test matches between 1880 and 1890. This included four tours of England. In 2019 Murdoch was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. Although Victorian-born, Murdoch was raised in Sydney, played his Australian domestic cricket for New South Wales, making his first-class debut in 1875, his Test debut came in 1877, in what was retrospectively classed as the second Test match to be played. Murdoch began his career as a wicket-keeper, but at Test level kept wicket only once, with Jack Blackham being preferred; as a batsman, Murdoch scored both the first double century in Test cricket and the first triple century in Australian domestic cricket. In years, he settled in England, playing county cricket for Sussex and London County. In 1892, he toured South Africa with England and played in one Test match, making him one of the few cricketers to represent more than one international team.
Murdoch's final first-class match came at the age of 49, in August 1904. He died in Melbourne in 1911, aged only 56. Murdoch was born in Victoria, to Gilbert Murdoch and his wife Susanna, his father was an American of Scottish descent, a corporal in the U. S. Army prior to emigrating from Maryland to Tasmania in 1849, he died shortly before his son's birth. The family moved to New South Wales in the early 1860s. Both Billy Murdoch and his older brother, subsequently studied law at the University of Sydney. Billy Murdoch married Jemima Watson daughter of John Boyd Watson on 8 December 1884 at the Free Church of England, Victoria, Australia. Murdoch made his first-class entry in 1875, at the time regarded as the finest wicketkeeper in Australia, a rated right-handed batsman, he played in the second Test match played, the 1877 clash against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. That year, he qualified as a solicitor and opened up a practice, "Murdoch & Murdoch", with his brother Gilbert, although it was short-lived, going bankrupt in 1877.
Murdoch established himself as one of the era's greatest batsmen over the next few years, leading Australia in several Test series against England. In 1881–82 he became the first man other than W. G. Grace to score a first-class triple century when, as captain, he made 321 for New South Wales against Victoria at the SCG; the innings comprised 38 fours, nine threes, 41 twos and 60 singles from all of ten Victorian bowlers. It was this knock. So unvanquishable was he that Tom Horan was reduced to bowling Leg theory, the first known instance of that controversial tactic. Murdoch was never far from controversy, his omission as wicketkeeper in the first Test resulted in Australia's premier fast bowler, Fred Spofforth, boycotting the match. In 1884 as captain of Australia he was involved in the players' strike, where the Australian players refused to play unless they received a greater share of the gate takings, he was the batsman whose contentious run out caused friction between New South Wales and a visiting English team led by Lord Harris, which caused a spectator riot.
His best Test performances more occurred in England where both his Test hundreds were scored, 153 not out in the first Test in the old country in 1880 at The Oval, 211 at the same ground four years later. The former score was the first instance of a captain scoring a Test century, whilst the latter score was the first double-century made in Test cricket. In 1878, Murdoch toured England and North America with Australia's first representative cricket team, participating in a famous victory over a Marylebone Cricket Club side. On the 1880 and 1884 tours of England he led the Australian batting averages. In England, he was regarded as a superb captain and enough of a gentleman to be invited to captain Sussex, which he did for several seasons, he was regarded the finest Australian batsman of his day, being bettered only by the English champion, W. G. Grace. Murdoch was more of an off-side player whose drives and cut strokes were regarded as among the best of his day, he was believed to be lacking in command against top-class pace bowling on difficult wickets.
He again visited England in 1890, although he topped that season's averages, he did not have an opportunity to regain his best form. He settled in England, qualified for Sussex, captained the county for several seasons. Along with former Australian Test teammate John Ferris, he represented his adoptive land against South Africa in Cape Town in March 1892, his style of play did not favour him in wet seasons, but he made many good scores over a period of about 15 years. Among these may be mentioned 155 for London County against Lancashire in 1903, in the following year 140 for Gentlemen v Players, though he was in his forty-ninth year. Murdoch's standing as one of the greatest first-class batsmen of his era were strengthened by his statistics. Murdoch died in Melbourne, Australia on 18 February 1911.
In cricket a boundary is the edge or boundary of the playing field, or a scoring shot where the ball is hit to or beyond that point. The boundary is the edge of the playing field, or the physical object marking the edge of the field, such as a rope or fence. In low-level matches, a series of plastic cones are used. Since the early 2000s the boundaries at professional matches are a series of padded cushions carrying sponsors' logos strung along a rope. If it is moved during play the boundary is considered to remain at the point where that object first stood; when the cricket ball is inside the boundary, it is live. When the ball is touching the boundary, grounded beyond the boundary, or being touched by a fielder, himself either touching the boundary or grounded beyond it, it is dead and the batting side scores 4 or 6 runs for hitting the ball over the boundary; because of this rule, fielders near the boundary attempting to intercept the ball while running or diving flick the ball back in to the field of play rather than pick it up directly, because their momentum could carry them beyond the rope while holding the ball.
They return to the field to pick the ball up and throw it back to the bowler. A law change in 2010 declared that a fielder could not jump from behind the boundary and, while airborne, parry the ball back on to the field. A boundary is the scoring of four or six runs from a single delivery with the ball reaching or crossing the boundary of the playing field. There is an erroneous use of the term boundary as a synonym for a "four". For example, sometimes commentators say such as "There were seven boundaries and three sixes in the innings." The correct terminology would be "There were ten boundaries in the innings of which seven were fours and three were sixes." Four runs are scored if the ball bounces before touching or going over the edge of the field and six runs if it does not bounce before passing over the boundary in the air. These events are known as a four or a six respectively; when this happens the runs are automatically added to the batsman's and his team's score and the ball becomes dead.
If the ball did not touch the bat or a hand holding the bat, four runs are scored as the relevant type of extra instead. Prior to 1910, six runs were only awarded for hits out of the ground. Four runs can be scored by hitting the ball into the outfield and running between the wickets. Four runs scored in this way is referred to as an "all run four" and is not counted as a boundary. Four runs are scored as overthrows if a fielder gathers the ball and throws it so that no other fielder can gather it before it reaches the boundary. In this case, the batsman who hit the ball scores however many runs the batsmen had run up to that time, plus four additional runs, it is counted as a boundary. If the ball has not come off the bat or hand holding the bat the runs are classified as'extras' and are added to the team's score but not to the score of any individual batsman; the scoring of a four or six by a good aggressive shot displays a certain amount of mastery by the batsman over the bowler, is greeted by applause from the spectators.
Fours resulting from an edged stroke, or from a shot that did not come off as the batsman intended, are considered bad luck to the bowler. As a batsman plays himself in and becomes more confident as his innings progresses, the proportion of his runs scored in boundaries rises. An average first-class match sees between 50 and 150 boundary fours. Sixes are less common, fewer than 10 will be scored in the course of a match; the record for most sixes in a Test match innings is 12, achieved by Pakistani all-rounder Wasim Akram during an innings of 257 not out against Zimbabwe in October 1996 at Sheikhupura. The One Day International record for most sixes hit in an innings is held by Rohit Sharma who hit 16 sixes against Australia in Bengaluru on 2 November 2013 in his innings of 209 off 158 balls. Brendon McCullum holds the record for most sixes in a Test career with 107. Shahid Afridi holds the record for most sixes in an ODI career; the record for the most sixes in a Test match is 27, which occurred during a 2006 Test match between Pakistan and India at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.
In their first innings, Pakistan hit. India hit nine in their first innings. Pakistan hit seven more sixes in their second innings; the record for most sixes in a One Day International is 38, achieved in a match between India and Australia at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on 2 November 2013. India and Australia hit 19 sixes each; the equivalent record in Twenty20 Internationals was set on the AMI Stadium, 24 sixes were hit during the Twenty20 International match between India and New Zealand on 25 February 2009. In 2012, during the First Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka, West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle became the first player to hit a six off the first ball in a Test cricket match. On 31 August 1968, Garfield Sobers became the first man to hit six sixes off a single six-ball over in first-class cricket; the over was bowled by Malcolm Nash in Nottinghamshire's first innings against Glamorgan at St Helen's in Swansea. Nash was a seam bowler but decided to try his arm at spin bowling; this achievement was caught on film.
On 10 January 1985, Ravi Shastri equaled Garry Sobers's record of hitting six sixes in an over in first class cricket. On 19 September 2007, during a match between England and India in the inaugural T20 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh became the first Indian ba