37 off one over: SA batsman’s freakish record

JP Duminy belt 37 runs off one over in domestic one day cricket in South Africa on Wednesday.
JP Duminy belt 37 runs off one over in domestic one day cricket in South Africa on Wednesday.

SOUTH African all-rounder JP Duminy might have retired from the longer format of the game, but he showed he's no spent force in the short-format of the game by belting an extraordinary 37-run over.

The 33-year-old broke the South African List A record for most runs scored in a single over when he hit Eddie Leie for 36 runs, with one no-ball, in a one-day cup match on Wednesday.

Sitting comfortably at 2-208 in response to the VKB Knights' score of 240, Duminy sensed the opportunity to earn the Cape Cobras a bonus point.

Having raced to 34 off 30, Duminy hit Leie's first two balls of the over for six - the first with a slog sweep, the second a straight six over the leg-spinner's head.

Another two sixes followed, before Duminy managed two runs off the fifth delivery - much to the disappointment of the crowd.

Extraordinarily Leie's sixth ball was a no-ball, which Duminy hit for a boundary and he followed that up by landing his fifth six of the over, giving him 36 runs off his own bat plus the no-ball extra for a total of 37.

Only Zimbabwe's Elton Chigumbura had scored more in a 50 over match, when he smacked 39 runs against Bangladesh's Alauddin Babu in the Dhaka Premier League.

"It is not every day you get the opportunity, so of course I was trying to go for the six sixes in an over," Duminy said after finishing unbeaten on 70 off just 37 balls.

"I initially thought it was all about the bonus point.

JP Duminy smacked 37 runs off one over for Cape Cobras.
JP Duminy smacked 37 runs off one over for Cape Cobras.

"I looked up at the scoreboard and we needed 35 with four overs still to go to get the bonus point, so I just decided to take Eddie on.

"I was striking the ball really cleanly, and when the first two went for six, I figured I might as well give it a full go now because regardless whether I get out we would still have secured the bonus point. It was enjoyable."

He was brought back down to Earth on Friday though, after being bowled for one run during his side's 27-run win over Lions.

Duminy retired from Test and first-class cricket last September after being dropped from the national side.

The left-hander, who made his Test debut against Australia in 2008, finished with 2103 runs at 32.85 and has played 129 one-day matches for the Proteas, scoring 4668 runs at 37.64 while also taking 63 wickets.

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