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37 off 1 over! JP Duminy smashes flurry of 6s en route to breaking South African record

JP Duminy scored 37 runs off one over from Eddie Leie in a South African domestic cricket match. Thirty-seven runs in an over is the second-most runs scored in an over of List A cricket.

cricket Updated: Jan 20, 2018 11:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
JP Duminy,South African cricket team,Cape Cobras
South Africa's JP Duminy plays a shot during their ICC World Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka in Chittagong. The former South African Test players proved his limited over credentials with a flurry of sixes in a South African List A match. (AP Photo)(AP)

South African batsman JP Duminy broke the South African List A record when he clobbered 37 runs in a single over of a Momentum One-Day Cup match against leg-spinner Eddie Leie at Newlands, Cape Town.

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The record came in a match between Cape Cobras and VKB Knights which the former won by eight wickets.

Chasing 240 to win, Cobras were comfortably placed at 208/2 at the end of 36th over and the South African all-rounder sensed the opportunity to steal a bonus point.

Batting on 34, Duminy smashed four sixes of the first four balls. The penultimate ball of the over went for only a couple.

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However, what should have been the last ball was a No-ball after Leie over stepped and to make matter worse it went for a boundary. The eventual last ball suffered a similar fate as the first four as it fetched six runs to end the match, making it 37 runs off the 37th over.

Thirty-seven runs in an over is the second-most runs scored in an over of List A cricket. The record belongs to former Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura, who smashed 39 runs in an over by Bangladesh’s Alauddin Babu in a T20 match in Dhaka Premier League.

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“It is not every day you get the opportunity, so of course I was trying to go for the six sixes in an over,” JP Duminy said after the match.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 21:38 IST