Sydney Thunder debutant Ollie Davies on his mammoth one-handed six

From Sydney’s northern seashores, Davies stated he was taking part in to provide his group, which is in lockdown attributable to a COVID-19 outbreak, “one thing to look at”.

Unable to make the journey to Canberra attributable to journey restrictions, Davies’ household as a substitute watched at house.

Davies shocked Large Bash followers on Tuesday when he hit 36 runs from simply 22 balls to push the Thunder to victory over the Perth Scorchers.

“Mother will get actual nervous once I play cricket,” he stated. “My dad known as me this morning and stated he’d by no means seen her so nervous, he stated it was humorous to look at.”

It was not only a Large Bash debut for Davies however the begin of a journey strolling in his grandfather’s footsteps. Derek Leon performed for the Queen’s Park Cricket Membership in Trinidad and Davies hopes to construct on his legacy.

At 14, Davies went to Trinidad to fulfill his prolonged household. The majority of the messages he acquired on Tuesday evening got here from the cousin he hadn’t met till then.

“Sadly, he [his grandfather] handed away once I was 4 or 5 … however I nonetheless hear loads of tales from my nan and my mother about him taking part in cricket over in Trinidad,” he stated. “It is the place I get aggressive aptitude from.”

Earlier than his one-handed six on Tuesday, Davies had a pre-game chat with Callum Ferguson.


“He advised me, ‘the perfect bit of recommendation I ever acquired was on my first-class debut and the coach got here out to me and stated once you get on the market, take a second to take all of it in’,” he stated. “So I simply went on the market with a smile on my face the entire time.”

Talking a day later, Davies stated he was nonetheless “crammed with adrenaline”.

“After I was fielding I used to be so nervous. I used to be simply frightened about dropping a catch,” he stated.

As an alternative, he made an instantaneous title for himself within the cricket world. “You set in all this effort over the previous few years and – to get the chance, however extra importantly take it – it was actually rewarding,” he stated.

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