London: The cricket ball that was used in the 1968 match where Garry Sobers hit six sixes in one over is to go on sale. Sobers hit Malcolm Nash of Glamorgan for six sixes while representing Nottinghamshire in an English County Championship match.
Sobers hit one of his six sixes out of the Glamorgan ground, and Richard Lewis, then a schoolkid, found the ball in St Helen's Avenue. Lewis took the ball home, but after discussing the matter with his family, decided to return the ball to Glamorgan Cricket Club. The grateful Glamorgan officials thanked Lewis by giving him another ball, thought to have been used in the same match, signed by Sobers himself.
The ball Lewis found and returned will be auctioned now, according to The Daily Express. The auction will be conducted by Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbys.
In 1968, Sobers became the first cricketer to achieve the feat in a first-class match, a feat later matched by Ravi Shastri (Mumbai vs Baroda in 1985), and achieved by Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007 World Cup) in a One-Day International and Yuvraj Singh (India vs England, World T20 2007) in a Twenty20 International.