One of the greatest feats in sporting history must surely be the Malcolm Nash over at Swansea in 1968 which Sir Garfield Sobers carted for six consecutive sixes.
This had never happened in first class cricket before and it was fitting that such a great cricketer should manage this virtually impossible feat.
The first Bassetlaw Umpires Association meeting of this Winter period on Saturday, 12th November at Cuckney Cricket Centre dwells back on this famous incident with Grahame Lloyd and John Parkin being the guests. Lloyd has written two books on the subject, the first one was called ‘Six of the Best’ and was a bestseller which dealt with everything leading up to that famous over.
He has since written another with much greater and more serious undertones which nobody knew about until a couple of years ago called ‘The Six Sixes Ball Mystery’.
Apparently the ball which Sobers kept depositing out of the ground was sold at auction in London by Christies the famous auctioneers for a world record fee in excess of £26,000 to an Indian buyer.
However was it the right ball or was it a fake?
The ball sold was a Dukes branded ball, whilst Malcolm Nash the bowler is adamant that the ball used in that match and all Glamorgan’s games that season were of the Stuart Surridge brand.
Lloyd spent 18 months re-searching the facts even travelling to India to verify things and is convinced that the ball sold at Christies was a fake.
It is an intriguing topic and one that Grahame Lloyd will go into in much more detail on along with John Parkin who was the non-striker whilst the Sobers carnage took place.
The meeting takes place at 2.30 pm and all interested parties are invited to attend what should be a very interesting resume on one of sport’s greatest even incidents.