Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues

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Adrian McLaren put together the best over of his career on Saturday when he hit six sixes in an over as Astrofade Wallsend beat Stocksfield in a high-scoring encounter in the Three Counties Northumberland League Premier Division.

The South African, who had a spell with Gloucestershire, made 225 in an innings which will be remembered for a single over which brought 41 runs, with a wide ball adding a further five to the Wallsend total.

"It was an amazing over," admitted the 23-year-old, who plays first-class cricket in his homeland in the winter. "It's the first time I have ever done it in my life and I doubt I will ever do it again.

"I made a slow start to the summer and found it hard to score runs because the wickets were a bit spongy. But it's starting to come together now.

"This is not the kind of thing you expect to do when you go into an over but, as it progressed, I started to think I could do it. Thinking about it now, though, it's an incredible thing.

"The sixth ball was a wide but that didn't distract me and I hit the seventh ball for my last six. It's a big achievement but the main thing is that we won the game."

Wallsend chairman David Holmes said: "It was incredible to watch such a memorable event at first hand.

"After the first three sixes I began to wonder whether a record was on the cards and after he had hit his fifth ball over the line I was on tenterhooks. We were all excited when he completed six out of six and he went on to make a record breaking 225 runs."

In all, McLaren hit 19 sixes and 16 fours taking Wallsend to 324-6.

Stocksfield took the number of runs scored in the game to 600 when they replied with 276 all out. Sharma was the second century maker with 116 and Will Halford added 87.

Cowgate still lead the table but their advantage over Warkworth has been trimmed to three points. Amazingly they compiled an even bigger score than Wallsend when they romped to 339-7 at Stobswood where Alex Herbert and Hadir both made 119. …

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