Free Tickets for Cricket Talk. ‘Howzat? The Six Sixes Ball Mystery.

Free Tickets for Cricket Talk. ‘Howzat? The Six Sixes Ball Mystery.

Author Grahame Lloyd will be talking about his book ‘Howzat? The Six Sixes Ball Mystery at the Wellington Festival.

Fifty years ago, Garry Sobers, now Sir Garfield Sobers, made history by being the first batsman in first class cricket to make 36 runs off a single over, smashing the final ball right out of the ground. This record-breaking feat took place at St Helens, Swansea on Saturday, 31st August 1968, when bowler Malcolm Nash, of Glamorgan, faced the might of the Nottinghamshire all-rounder.

Today the tale of what happened after the match remains a mystery. The big questions are: what happened to the battered ball and was the ball sold by Christies in 2006, for £26,400 the real deal?

Freelance broadcaster and journalist Grahame Lloyd has investigated the controversial sale and his book ‘Howzat? The Six Sixes Ball Mystery’ proves that the Duke & Son cricket ball sold at the auction was a fake, because it was the wrong make. The actual ball used in the over was manufactured by Stuart Surridge and the BBC television footage confirms Nash’s assertion that it was the only one he bowled, not the last of three, as claimed as Christie’s, during the County Championship match.

Glamorgan’s former bowler, Malcolm Nash said “I used the same ball for all six deliveries; it was charred, scarred and scuffed but never changed. Christie’s have never bothered to ask me about the ball I bowled and how many balls were used in the over”. Grahame Lloyd said “I unequivocally support Malcom Nash’s contention that the ball isn’t genuine. I’ve tried to uncover the truth about the sale but with half the people involved refusing to discuss it, my search hasn’t been easy. I think it’s best to leave it to the readers of the book to make up their own minds about the controversy”.

Whether you love cricket or just a good mystery, Grahame’s book tells the full story and the Wellington Festival is delighted to bring the man himself to the Wellington Cricket Club on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 7.30pm. Cllr Cindy Mason-Morris, Mayor of Wellington & Chair of the Wellington Festival, said that she was delighted that Grahame would be opening the Festival which would close on the 21st October with the Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band. She also stated that this year’s Festival, now in it’s 23rd year, had a diverse and dynamic programme with vibrant visual arts, poetry, literature, dance, music (including an acoustic pub crawl), events and performances for all, guaranteed to entertain, enthuse and inspire.

Free tickets, to see Grahame Lloyd, and for all Festival events, are available at www.wellingtonartsfest.co.uk , by calling 01952 567697 or in person at the Wellington Town Council Civic Offices, Tan Bank, Wellington.

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