Thursday, 25 April 2013

Sporting greats

Swansea, 1968, and a cricket match between the counties of Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire, the latter team captained by the great West Indian all-rounder Garfield Sobers. Television cameras were present as Sobers hit each of the six consecutive balls delivered in an over out of the ground, scoring the maximum possible number of runs for an over - 36. It's a thrill to watch:

I mention this because there are reports today that his record was equalled yesterday by Lancashire's Jordan Clark during a Championship Second XI game against Yorkshire. Clark is the first English player to do this - and only the fifth in history. 

The equivalent might be scoring consecutive holes-in-one during a game of golf. This feat was easily and repeatedly achieved by the late Kim Jong Il, the beloved leader of North Korea who, in 1994, scored 11 holes-in-one during his first ever round, coming in 38 under par. This naturally remains a world record and, in case you're sceptically tempted to scoff, his brilliant display was witnessed by seventeen bodyguards. 

Archive footage © British Broadcasting Corporation / Hulton Getty Picture Library

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