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Whiteley made light work of the Yorkshire bowlers.

Ross Whiteley dispatches six sixes in an over during manic Twenty20 match

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Worcestershire batsman Ross Whiteley joined a very exclusive club in the cricketing world - becoming only the fifth player to hit six sixes in a single over during a T20 Blast game at Leeds.

Whiteley's name will go down alongside some of the greats of the game, including Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs, and Yuvraj Singh.

Alex Hales has also hit six consecutive sixes in his career before, but his unique feat was spread over two different overs, meaning Whitely is the first Englishman to do it in one over.

Unbelievably, Whiteley's remarkable 65 of only 36 balls came in vain, as his side fell short of the mammoth target of 233 set by Yorkshire after David Willey tore into the Worcestershire bowlers, smashing his way to a blistering century.

For nearly every one of the bowling persuasion, it was an absolute blood bath. There was nowhere to hide as the hapless fielders were left to chase leather all night long. Only Adil Rashid and Mitchell Satner were able to escape the punishment.

For Yorkshire bowler Karl Carver, it was a particularly forgettable night.

The 21-year-old was unfortunately on the receiving end of Whiteley's sensational rampage and he later expressed that he felt for the youngster, who was playing in only his ninth Twenty20.

"It was the right time in the game for me to go for it. It was all or nothing. Unfortunately for the bowler it was a short boundary on the leg-side," said Whiteley, who was speaking in the aftermath of the run fest.

"I had the mentality that I was going to go for it before I got in. I hit the first out of the screws and needed to keep going for the team, not for that achievement.

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"It’s something I never really thought I’d do in professional cricket."

Meanwhile, Worcestershire coach Andrew Gale was critical of his captain Tim Bresnan for bringing Carver into the attack at that point in the game.

"I blame poor captaincy for that," said Gale. 

"He shouldn’t have bowled him at that part of the game.

"I felt for Karl, he’s got a good record in T20 cricket and he’ll bounce back. Ross nearly did it a few years back against us. It was good striking."

You can watch the incredible feat in the video below.

Whiteley cracked eight sixes in total during his time at the crease, lifting him to seventh on the list of best sixes per game ratios in world cricket, one spot behind Australian powerhouse David Warner.

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