New Zealand first-class cricketer Leo Carter joined an illustrious list of batsmen to hit six sixes in an over in competitive cricket, after clubbing spinner Anton Devcich for 36 runs during a Super Smash game against Northern Knights in Christchurch.
Carter headlined Canterbury Kings’ mammoth chase of 222 in just 18.5 overs, smashing a 29-ball 70 with three fours and seven sixes, six of which came in the 16th over, catapulting the left-handed batsman from a 12-ball 11 to 47 off 18.
36 off an over! ?
Leo Carter hit 6 sixes in a row and the @CanterburyCrick Kings have pulled off the huge chase of 220 with 7 balls to spare at Hagley Oval! ?
— Dream11 Super Smash (@SuperSmashNZ) January 5, 2020
Coming in at No,4, with Canterbury Kings at 101-2, Carter forged a 118-run stand with skipper Cole McConchie, the other unbeaten batsman in the seven-wicket win. McConche played second-fiddle with a 25-ball 49, having powered a quick 21 off nine balls, before taking a backseat as Carter surged ahead.
Canterbury Kings needed 64 runs from the last five overs when Devcich started his over. The duo wrapped up the chase with seven balls remaining.
The 25-year-old Carter, who averages 13.38 in T20s, had a previous best of 35 before this game. He was part of the New Zealand squad that featured in the 2014 U19 World Cup.
At the international level, only two batsmen – Yuvraj Singh [T20I] and Herschelle Gibbs [ODIs] – have struck six sixes in an over. In domestic T20s, Worcestershire’s Ross Whiteley [in the T20 Blast, 2017] and Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai [in the Afghanistan Premier League, 2018] have also hit six sixes in a single over. Alex Hales also hit six sixes off as many balls during a 2015 T20 Blast for Nottinghamshire, but his feat was split across two different overs.
The 222-run chase set the new record for the highest successful chase in Super Smash history. Devcich ended with figures of 0-61 from his four overs.