Teen blazes 36-run over in record blitz
NSW Metro captain hits six sixes off an over and 17 in total on the way to the U19 Champs' first ever one-day double-ton
3 December 2018, 07:30 PM AEST
Sydney teenager Oliver Davies has shattered records after smashing six sixes in an over on the way to an extraordinary double-century on the opening day of the Under-19 National Championships in Adelaide.
In a breathtaking display of power-hitting for NSW Metro, Davies bashed 17 sixes in total against Northern Territory at Glandore Oval on Monday and finished with a stunning 207 from just 115 balls.
After reaching his century off 74 deliveries, the 18-year-old – who idolises Test batter Shaun Marsh – unleashed, taking just 39 more balls to get to his double-ton.
That blitz included one of cricket's rarest feats – a perfect 36-run over; Davies took aim at off-spinner Jack James and sent all six balls of the 40th over of the innings over the rope. It was the most runs ever taken from a single over in the history of the U19 Championships.
"After the first two sixes I had it in the back of my head I wanted to give it a crack and it paid off at the end," said Davies, NSW Metro's captain.
“I was trying to target (the area) from forward square to cow corner and I was just getting down on the back leg, almost before it was even bowled, and trying to slog sweep them over mid-wicket."
The Blues went onto win the match by 168 runs, with Davies collecting a wicket as the NT were dismissed for 238 in the final over.
The most sixes ever struck by a single batter in an international 50-over game is 16 - a record shared by Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle – while Sir Garfield Sobers, Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh are among the few players to have struck six sixes in an over.
Davies' knock was also the first one-day double-century ever scored in the U19 competition and the first across all formats since Jason Krejza scored one in 2001-02.
He also cracked 14 fours in his 143-minute blitz as he shared a 271-run second-wicket stand with Samuel Fanning (99 off 109 balls) to see his side rack up 4-406 from their 50 overs.
"It was amazing - in the first game of the tournament, to hit the ball so cleanly, it was a great feeling,” said Davies.
"I was hoping to put a big score on the board for the team and after setting an early base, I just took it from there and hit them pretty well.
"I like to strike the ball pretty hard from ball one and just take it as it goes from there. I like to get on top of the spinners as early as possible and put them on the back foot and take the game back into my hands."
It's a further accomplishment for the trailblazing youngster.
In March, Davies became the youngest batsman in the history of his NSW Premier Cricket side Manly-Warringah to score a first XI century – a feat made more impressive given he spent an entire week stranded on 99.
Rain had halted play with him one run away from the milestone and he had to wait until the following Saturday to resume his innings.
Remarkably his younger brother Joel, just 14 at the time, and his father Kevin, 50, both scored centuries in that round – the former in the fifth XI and the latter in Warringah's fourth-grade Shires side.
Davies, who has since posted four more half-centuries for Manly this season, has represented Australia at both U16 and U19 levels, playing a pair of one-day games against Pakistan U19s last summer.
While he bats right-handed, Davies' batting hero is Shaun Marsh and has styled his own approach at the crease on the left-hander.
"He's been my idol for the last 16 years," Davies said last year.
"I've tried to remake my batting game to like his. He's been a role model for me since a young age.
"The first proper Test match I saw was his debut in Sri Lanka where he got 141. From then on, I've just loved him, the way he bats, the way he handles himself."
NSW Metro's clash with NT was the first of six initial rounds of the U19 Championships, before the top two teams from each pool progresses to the semi-finals.
NSW Metro, Queensland, Victoria Metro, Tasmania and the Cricket Australia XI – a side consisting of the best U17 talent - are in Pool A, while Pool B includes ACT/NSW Country, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria Country and Western Australia.