History is made as Ruhan hits six sixes from six balls

Waringstown Cricket Club Pro, Ruhan Pretorious who scored six sixes in one over at the weekend. INLM27-215.
Waringstown Cricket Club Pro, Ruhan Pretorious who scored six sixes in one over at the weekend. INLM27-215.

Waringstown professional Ruhan Pretorius made history on Sunday as he smashes six sixes in an over as the villagers beat Clontarf by six runs in an Irish Cup thriller at Castle Avenue.

The South African made an unbeaten 101 from just 49 balls, hitting eight fours and seven sixes in an extraordinary sequence of hitting.

Together with Greg Thompson, Pretorius smashed 93 runs in the last four overs as Waringstown raced to 316 for five in their 50 overs.

Thompson’s unbeaten 66 took just 49 balls and included 10 fours and a six. In total their partnership for the fifth wicket was 164 in just 84 balls.

It was a match-winning stand because the Waringstown innings had been stalling. Adam Dennison hit a second half-century in two days to give the visitors a good platform but the other players struggled to get going.

At 152 for five in the 36th over Waringstown weren’t exactly motoring but that all changed. The maximum over was the 47th as Conor D’Arcy, the slow bowler, was deposited for six consecutive maximums.

Clontarf then came out firing with the bat as Bill Coghlan launched a blistering assault of his own.

But Waringstown chipped away at the other ending, Kyle McCallan removing Ireland’s Alex Cusack with his first ball and then Thompson claimed the prize scalp of Andrew Poynter.

Coghlan’s demise owed everything to a remarkable running catch from Kidd off Thompson and when Clontarf slumped to 146 for five the game seemed up.

But with McCallan bowled out after taking two for 39 Eoghan Delany, the captain, and Robert Forrest brought Clontarf back to life.

The sixth-wicket stand was 101 in less than 13 overs and the equation had become a very gettable 75 from nine overs before Forrest (60 from 37) was trapped lbw by Kidd (3-59).

His departure allowed Waringstown to apply pressure at the other end and the task became an unlikely 25 from the final over.

There were a few nerves as the first ball from Thompson was struck for six but Waringstown held on to win by six runs.

Waringstown have another busy weekend ahead with an away game against Instonians on Friday night followed by a key league game at CIYMS on Saturday. The ball sponsor on Saturday is Mike Reith.