Local batsman in seventh heaven

2016-12-13 09:13
Ottoman cricket club player Zahid Canfield achieved the rare feat of hitting all six balls in an over for six in a club cricket match recently.

Ottoman cricket club player Zahid Canfield achieved the rare feat of hitting all six balls in an over for six in a club cricket match recently. (Rashied Isaacs)

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The old adage of records are meant to be broken was literally given a new meaning by Zahid Canfield.

Canfield (31) is a top order batsman for the Ottoman cricket club in Athlone. A few weeks ago, the Bonteheuwel resident achieved what many cricketers can only dream of – hitting seven consecutive sixes off the same bowler at the Diamond Field sport complex in Surrey Estate. Canfield’s feat allowed Ottoman’s fourth team to chase down Blue Bells’ 137 in an astonishing 14 overs.

Canfield can now say he has done what Herschelle Gibbs, Ravi Shastri and Sir Garfield Sobers have done on an international stage.

Canfield describes the moment he got into “the zone”: “I went into a zone I can’t really explain in so many words. When it came to the third six, my teammates were cheering me and they were saying: ‘Three more, three more.’ When it came to the fourth one, then I only realised that this is close. The fourth ball came and it had to go. I did some fist pumping and the guys were getting excited because I needed a couple of runs to get to my 50.

“I hit the fifth and the guys were saying: ‘One more, one more.’ With the sixth one I came to my fifty as well,” he says.

Seven in a row
An entire over passed without Canfield facing a delivery. When his batting partner at the time lost his wicket after being caught in the deep, the two batsmen crossed, which brought Canfield back on strike.

“It was seven in a row by me, because the seventh ball that I faced from him – I can’t explain it. It is very exciting. To achieve it, it is not an easy thing to do. You have to go into a zone to clear the boundary six, seven times. I feel very proud of myself for doing it,” he adds.

He says he’s the type of cricketer who likes to attack and is an emotional cricketer too.

“My natural game is to attack and that is the type of batsman that I am. I am a top-order batsman and I attack irrespective of what division I am playing,” he says.

This season is Canfield’s first season at Ottoman after playing for Bonteheuwel Cricket Club previously.

“Due to work, I missed a couple of seasons and I decided to come back. When I came back, I decided to change my club to Ottoman. I felt a very warm welcome at the club,” says Canfield.

Canfield’s achievement has had a ripple effect in the club.

“I see the youngsters; they greet me and are always expecting something in the nets. All the guys that bowl to me – it is a challenge, so they test themselves and I test myself as well,” he jokes.

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