D'Arcy Short Is Not Human. The 23 Sixes He Just Hit Are Proof
A force of nature unleashed its full fury at Hurstville Oval in Sydney's south today.
Had it been some sort of weather event, it would have flattened everything within a 10 kilometre radius. Fortunately for everyone but the Queensland bowlers, it was D'Arcy Short batting in the JLT Cup, the state cricket 50 over competition.
Did we say "batting"? Bludgeoning, more like. Clubbing, beating and thrashing the ball like a seal with an octopus. And the person getting hit with the octopus -- to continue the analogy based on the viral video of the week -- was the Queensland team.
Short was the break-out star of last year's Big Bash, scoring 572 runs for the Hobart Hurricanes in the series -- more than 100 ahead of any player. This catapulted him straight into Australian T20 and One Day International colours.
All of which makes it hard to understand why Queensland won the toss today and actually sent Short's WA Warriors into bat on a small ground like Hurstville Oval. Why they did this on such a batting-friendly pitch is a mystery of "Why did Nasser Hussain send Australia into bat at the Gabba in 2002?" dimensions.
For the record, Short was eventually out for 257, stumped off the bowling of Matthew Kuhnemann. The Warriors ended up bowled out for the dreaded 387 -- 13 runs short of 400. That's a bit of cricket humour for those who get it.
One person who'd be struggling to see the funny side of things is Queensland captain Jimmy Peirson. The editors of TV bulletins trying to fit 23 sixes into a 30-second highlights package may also be less than amused right now.
The rest of us? We can just sit back and watch that glorious natural free striking. Like this, to bring up his hundred.
And this, which might be the most delicate six we've sever seen. That was literally just a flick off his pads.
And many, many more.
This was the third-highest ever score in One Day cricket, and the highest by an Australian. No doubt more records will emerge, and we'll update this story as they come through.
Meanwhile, Queensland still has to bat and they have Chris Lynn is in their team. Another storm could be due over Hurstville any minute.