Gibbs, Sobers brought together by 'six' sense

Gibbs welcomed the fact that his six sixes in an over would provide homes to over 500 people.
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Updated on Mar 21, 2007 01:28 AM IST
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AFP | ByShahid Hashmi, Basseterre (st Kitts)

West Indian cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers and South African Herschelle Gibbs remembered their feats of six sixes in an over during a charity function on Monday.

Gibbs became the first man to hit six sixes in an over in one-day cricket during South Africa's Group A match against the Netherlands at Warner Park on Friday.

His historic feat cost a leading drinks firm $1 million they had announced they would donate to charity in honour of the first player to register the landmark. "Gibbs's feat was a wonderful achievement and more cherishing is the fact that it is going to help enhance charity," said Sobers, who hit six sixes in an over in a first-class match for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan at Swansea in 1968.

The donation will help Habitat for Humanity in Trinidad to build 70 houses for 500 homeless people, a cause Gibbs said he was happy to contribute to. "It's a huge privilege to have helped a noble cause, more so getting this honour in the presence of a man who did the feat first, a true legend of the game. I am satisfied to give smiles to people," said Gibbs, who recorded his feat against leg-spinner Dan van Bunge.

Sobers said South African players were after his records. "(Jacques) Kallis toppled my allrounder's record, but as they say, the records are meant to be broken and if they are for the enhancement of charity they are more welcoming," said Sobers.

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