How many runs can a batter score in a single over? Although there is no designated upper limit to it, an Australian batter in grade cricket did something astonishing. Sam Harrison, representing Sorrento Duncraig Senior Club, hit 8 sixes in a single over and an incredibly hilarious and outrageous turn of events saw Nathan Bennett concede a whopping 50 runs in one over.
This unreal carnage happened during the game between Sorrento Duncraig Senior Club and Kingsley-Woodvale Senior Club in the North Suburban Community Cricket Association fixture in Perth. Sorrento Duncraig batted first and registered 276 runs in just 40 overs, with two of their batters scoring centuries. One of them was Sam Harrison, who went berserk in that one over.
This scorecard from a local Western Australia D-Grade competition has to be in contention for one of the worst overs of cricket ever. Bennett, the bowler, turned up with just one over where he was hit for a six every delivery. It included two extra deliveries as he bowled no-balls. This incident took place in the 39th over of the game.
Here’s that scorecard of the game where the Australian batter hit 8 sixes in an over
After these exploits, the Australian batter completed his fifty in the 39th over, and got to his hundred in the 40th over. He was on 80 when the final over began and smashed 22 runs more to get to three figures.
This isn’t the first time we have witnessed a bowler conceding well over the legal upper limit of 36 runs, because of the extras. There was an incident once in New Zealand during a first-class game, where Bert Vance conceded an astonishing 77 runs in one over, which is still a record for most runs conceded in an over at the highest level.
This has also happened in the Indian Premier League, where Chris Gayle once smashed Prashant Parameshwaran for 37 runs in an over, and Ravindra Jadeja equaled it by hitting Harshal Patel for the same amount of runs at Wankhede earlier this year.