The 25-year-old became the first Kiwi batsman to achieve the milestone
New Zealand batsman Leo Carter hit six sixes in an over off left-arm spinner Anton Devcich to help his side Canterbury Kings chase a mammoth target of 220 runs in a Super Smash Twenty20 match against Northern Districts in Christchurch on Sunday.
Kings still needed 116 runs from 58 balls, when Carter came to the crease. The 25-year-old’s blistering 70-run knock from 29 balls, which included seven sixes and three fours, ensured a seven-wicket win for the chasing side and led to the highest successful Twenty20 chase in New Zealand history.
The left-hander also registered his name in the record books as he became the first Kiwi batsman and seventh overall to hit six sixes in an over in professional cricket.
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The 25-year-old left-hander was surprised with his own effort and believes the short boundaries helped him achieve the milestone.
"I basically just stepped across and swung as hard as I could," Carter said to Sky. "I'm not so sure I got many off the middle, but pretty short boundary there, so they just carried over, I was pretty thankful for that.”
"We needed a big over at that time - I was lucky enough to get a few over there," he added.
Northern Districts had earlier made 219-7 from their 20 overs with right-hand batsman Tim Seifert scoring 74 off 36 balls.