On this day in 1979, Mike Procter equalled a record that still stands today.
South African all-rounder Procter equalled a record that has yet to be broken, when he hit six consecutive sixes, spread over two overs, off Somerset’s Dennis Breakwell. He was such a prominent figure for his County side Gloucestershire, that fans and opponents jokingly nicknamed his side ‘Proctershire’.
He is also one of just three players to have hit six consecutive centuries, in 1970-71, another first-class record that has only been achieved otherwise by CB Fry and the great Don Bradman, who was born on this day 1908.
Procter was just as adept at bowling, and took 26 wickets at only 13.57 in the 4-0 win over Australia in 1969-70, South Africa’s last series until 1991-92.
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