LEVI Dougherty entered the record books as he joined a select band of cricketers who have struck 6 sixes in an over. The 15-year-old achieved the feat playing for Donemana Seconds in the opening league match of the season against Bready Seconds at the Holm.
Junior NW Warriors cricketer Dougherty scored 63 as his team made 251 for 7, running out 119-run winners. Cricket runs in the family, as his brother Ricky-Lee is the current Donemana captain, while his father Richard also played for Donemana and the North West.
Bready spinner Marc Fleming was the unfortunate bowler, but he can seek solace from team-mate Andrew Lucas, who was on the receiving end of the same fate by Ravi Patel of Dundrum when playing for Sion Mills.
Indeed, Decker Curry was hit for seven sixes in an over by Hendy Wallace, playing in the Ballykelly Midweek League.Wallace, Victor Craig, and more recently Roy Silva have all performed the remarkable feat in North West cricket, while Ruhan Pretorius did it playing for Waringstown against Clontarf in the Irish Cup.
Internationally, Dougherty can be mentioned in the same breath now as such luminaries as Gary Sobers, Herschelle Gibbs, Ravi Shastri and Yuvraj Singh.
Dougherty was typically modest about his pyrotechnics saying: “They were there to be hit, so I just did it!”
It’s not the first time his big hitting has drawn attention. Last season the Donemana teenager smashed 9 sixes and 8 fours in a whirlwind 110 from just 47 balls to help the NW Under-15s beat the Southern XI in the interpro series.
While Levi made the headlines with his efforts at the crease, he wasn’t the only Donemana player to impress on the day. Veteran all-rounder, Junior McBrine was also on top form, driving in an unbeaten knock of 70 as well as taking six wickets for 20 runs. Mark Simpson took three for 29, while Joe Robinson weighed in with a half century of runs.