Thursday, 27 March 2008

Sixes

I heard on the radio that Tim Southee's stupendous 77 not out contained the highest percentage of runs scored in sixes of any 50 scored at test level. This reminded me of another innings which had a high proportion of sixes - involving Surrey batsman Robin Marlar back in the 1950s. To paraphrase Cricinfo:

In a match against "The Rest of England" in 1955, Surrey captain Doug Insole asked bowler Robin Marlar to go in as nightwatchman. Marlar had already changed into evening dress in anticipation of a night out on the town and greeted this decision with disgust. However, despite his protestations, he was sent to the middle. He was stumped second ball for six. "As I was saying," he remarked to Insole on his return to the changing rooms, "I am not a nightwatchman."

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