Azhar Mahmood third biggest sixes hitter
Friday, September 26, 2008
LONDON: Former Pakistani all-rounder Azhar Mahmood has finished as the third biggest sixes hitter in various formats of the 2008 English cricket season.
However, Essexís Graham Napier took the top place with 36 sixes from 327 deliveries with his county colleague Ravi Bopara in the second position in the Sixes league.Napierís feat is the second highest haul of maximums in the history of the league, behind Ian Blackwell who hit a record 45 sixes in 2005.
Bopara came second with 27 maximums from 748 deliveries. Azhar who played for Kent and Somersetís Marcus Trescothick both cleared the rope 25 times, finishing third and fourth respectively due to the number of balls faced.
The 28-year-old Napierís assault on the league began in June with a blistering 25 sixes during the month, including a Twenty20 world-record breaking 16 sixes in his unbeaten 152 against Sussex in the Twenty20 Cup at The Ford County Ground.
Meanwhile, Boparaís big-hitting exploits were boosted by his 10 sixes in his 201 not out against Leicestershire in the Friends Provident Trophy at Leicester in June and seven in 59 balls during his 112 not out against Derbyshire at Derby in July.
This achievement caps a fine 2008 season for Napier, during which his six-hitting was augmented by his forming of a consistently potent new-ball partnership with David Masters, the success of which underpinned the Countyís winning of the Friends Provident Trophy and the NatWest Pro40 Division Two title.