History maker: Lancashire all-rounder Jordan Clark becomes first Englishman to hit six sixes

By Ross McLean

Lancashire all-rounder Jordan Clark hopes his history-making antics can propel him towards a spot in head coach Peter Moores’ first XI.

The 22-year-old smashed every ball of left-arm spinner Gurman Randhawa’s over for six during a second XI Roses Challenge match against Yorkshire.

And after joining an esteemed list which includes Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh, Clark hopes his achievement does not go unnoticed.

“Hopefully, six sixes is a massive bonus, trying to produce a big score was my main aim, hopefully it will turn a few heads,” he told BBC Sport.

Clark becomes the first-ever Lancashire player to hit six sixes in an over – the highest previously was 34 by Frank Hayes against Glamorgan and Andrew Flintoff against Surrey.

And the Whitehaven-born youngster – only the fifth professional cricketer and first Englishman to hit six maximums – admits the feat stemmed from wanting to see the scoreboard ticking over.

“I was batting against spin, the wicket wasn’t a massive turner. I thought I needed to step it up a little bit,” he added.

“I hit the first few pretty well, had a chat to my team-mate, and I just carried on really.”

All six hits were slog sweeps over mid-wicket, as Clark destroyed Randhawa’s figures of 2-15 off 12 overs to end the day 70 not out.

“I put them all the same way, over leg. I thought he was going to try to mix it up, especially the last two balls but they just landed in the same spot,” he said.

“I just remember feeling a bit of pressure on the last ball and thinking ‘I have got to have a crack’.

“I can’t really remember if the bowler said anything. I just remember a lot of the lads were cheering and there was a lot of noise in the dressing room.”

Clark joined Lancashire ‘s academy in 2008 and after making his one-day debut for the first team in 2010, he was part of the Second XI Trophy-winning side last season.

He is yet to feature in the County Championship for the Red Rose, but has made five one-day and nine Twenty20 matches for the county. 

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