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Gibbs flays six sixes in one over

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- South African Herschelle Gibbs smashed his way into World Cup history when he hit six sixes in one over in a Group A match against the Netherlands on Friday.

Gibbs became only the third man ever to achieve the feat in top flight cricket and the first in the World Cup.

Jacques Kallis increased the mayhem with an unbeaten 128 as the South Africans amassed 353 for three in their reduced 40 overs, after overnight rain had delayed the start.

There was never the remotest chance of the Dutch side challenging for victory but after they lost their first two wickets for six they stuck to the task defiantly and finished their 40 overs at 132 for nine.

Ryan ten Doeschate gave a creditable display for the Netherlands with 57.

The victory margin was 221 runs, South Africa's biggest in one-day internationals.

Gibbs hammered hapless leg spinner Daan van Bunge back over his head four times and over the ropes on the on side twice to become the first player to make 36 in one over in one-day cricket.

Gibbs launched Van Bunge's first delivery of the 30th over high over long-on, and followed that blow with strikes over long-off, twice, a six over mid-wicket, and another pair of sixes over long-off.

Gibbs pyrotechnic innings was ended five balls later when he holed out to the long-on boundary off a ball from Dutch captain Luuk van Troost.

He faced just 40 balls for his 72, which included four fours and seven sixes.

Gibbs's fireworks were worth $1million for charity after a World Cup sponsor promised to donate the sum if a player hit six sixes in an over during the tournament.

Johnnie Walker said they would pay the money to Habitat for Humanity charity, which campaigns against poverty around the world.

India's Ravi Shastri and West Indian Garfield Sobers are the only other players to have hit six sixes in an over in the senior game.

Rash shots

England were undone by some rash shots as they were brushed aside by New Zealand in their opening Group C clash in St Lucia.

The Black Caps restricted England to 209 for seven and then overcame a dire start to coast to a six-wicket victory with an unbroken stand of 138 in 25.4 overs between Scott Styris and Jacob Oram.

Styris hit 87 off 113 balls and Oram 63 off 83 as they completed a fine comeback after the first three wickets had fallen for 19.

England appeared to have recovered from an indifferent start when Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood took them to 133 for three but both were dismissed at that score and Andrew Flintoff was out first ball one run later.

James Dalrymple followed at 138 and only a defiant partnership of 71 between Paul Nixon and Liam Plunkett gave the England total a semblance of respectability.

When New Zealand lost Lou Vincent and Ross Taylor for three their task became more daunting. Stephen Fleming fell at 19 and Craig McMillan at 72 but Styris and Oram steadily blunted the England attack and victory became a formality.

Gibbs made 72 off 40 balls before he was caught on the boundary.

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