Sixes

In 2019, Robbie Blackburn topped the Stoke Sixes League with 12 maximums. Thirty-four different players cleared the boundary on the full a total of 121 times; the new and continuing entries to the list taking advantage of more T20 cricket being played than ever before. Here’s the table:

Robbie Blackburn : 12
Andy Berry : 10
Shawn Dyson : 10
Alastair Curran : 7
Tom Frost : 7
Will Gudgeon : 6
Ian Hopton : 6
Ed Ashwell : 5
Will Harris : 5
Moumer Khara : 4
Kane Fullalove : 4
Saud Ahmed : 3
Andy Butler : 3
Jase Earl : 3
Chris Finch : 3
James Trower : 3
Geoff Vinall : 3
Rob Butler : 2
Malcolm Dickson : 2
Carel Ferreira : 2
Tim Handel : 2
Justin Jones : 2
Deepak Malhotra : 2
Harry Nawax : 2
Patrick O’Neill : 2
Max Subba Row : 2
Steve Wade : 2
James Corbishley : 1
Neil Foster : 1
Richard Harris : 1
Andy Page : 1
Will Patrick : 1
Raja Singh : 1
Will Thomson : 1

Click Here for the list of all-time six-hitters : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/web_pages/88649 and then filter by “Team : All” “Season : All” “Order by : 6s”

In 2017 Will Gudgeon became the Club’s all-time leading six-hitter, going past Roy Johns.

The record number of sixes hit by one player in any season is 42 by Tim Handel in 2009, where there were several T20 matches played – plenty at home – en route to our appearance in the Surrey Championship T20 Final.

The 2009 season was also the first played after the removal of the ‘boundary rule’ – to the end of the 2008 season, a local rule was in place that meant any hit clearing the line on the full at the Blundell Lane end would only score 4 runs.

Johnny Lawes holds the record for the most number of sixes hit in one innings innings, when he hit eleven against Chertsey at the Rec in 2011, beating a near 50-year-old record set by Eugene Ford.

Lawes : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11138713
Ford : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=10639604

Lawesie is probably the best example of one to benefit from the removal of the local rule. Contrast the ‘unlucky’ Navid Hussain who cracked an unbeaten 143 against Old Hamptonians in 2006, peppering the fence at the Blundell Lane end repeatedly, yet walking off with an innings boundary count of 24×4, 5×6.

Hussain : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=10199768

Only Claire Trafford, (35×4, 3×6 in an innings of 213 not out), has hit more boundaries in an innings than Navid, (and Phil Easton who hit 29 fours – but no sixes – against Oxshott in 1972.)

An easy conclusion to draw from the stats is that the advent of T20 cricket and improved bat technology have contributed to an upturn in six-hitting, although we welcome any other theories you may have!

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