With 35 to win in last over, club cricketer hits six sixes to help his team to an epic title win
John Glass was on unbeaten 51 when the last over against Cregagh started in the LVS Final. He finished undefeated on 87.
Updated - Jul 18, 2021 4:05 pm
The script more or less had been sealed for Ballymena as 35 runs were needed off the last over against Northern Ireland Cricket club Cregagh in the final of the Lagan Valley Steels (LVS) Twenty20 Trophy final on Thursday. 15 July. But they didn’t anticipate a tornado coming in the form of John Glass, who smashed six sixes to help his team snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat against the team Cregagh.
Cregagh could not believe what they possibly saw, as they were in control of the match till the 39th over, after reducing Ballymena to 113 for seven only to implode against the hitting barrage of Glass in the last over.
Glass who was leading the team in the absence of the regular skipper took the responsibility of guiding the team to win the LVS final against Cregagh.
He was on 51 when the last over began, needing an improbable 35 runs to get from the last over. From 51, in no time Glass went to an unbeaten 87, courtesy of the last-over blitz, and gave his side an unlikely victory.
🏆 𝐋𝐕𝐒 𝐓𝐖𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐘𝟐𝟎 𝐓𝐑𝐎𝐏𝐇𝐘 𝐅𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐋
What an evening for it. Cregagh will be batting first.
— Northern Cricket Union (@NCU_News) July 15, 2021
John Glasses’ brother too shone with the ball
Undoubtedly Glass walked away with the player of the match award due to his improbable achievement. If this was not a reason to celebrate enough at the Glass home, his brother too had an excellent day, albeit with the ball in his hand. His elder brother Sam took a hat-trick in the first innings and finished the match with three wickets for just five runs.
With two brothers having performed so well, the celebrations must have continued late till night. It’s no mean feat to hit six sixes, as it is rarely seen in international and domestic cricket.
That John achieved it in the last over that too in a crucial final, speaks volumes of the effort put in by the batter. With his team Ballymena down and out, the stand-in-captain didn’t lose hope and had immense self-belief in his ability.
Rather than panicking or getting nervous, Glass backed his strengths and took on the bowler to give Ballymena a memorable victory in the LVS Final.