Where are they now?: Malcolm Nash

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ON 31 August 1968, a 23-year-old bowler from Abergavenny entered the cricket record books in an unfortunate way. As the Championship contenders, Nottinghamshire, sought quick runs against Glamorgan at Swansea, Gary Sobers decided to go for broke - as Malcolm Nash will never forget.

Nash's mixture of seam and spin had already brought him four wickets, but he could do nothing to deny Sobers a place in sporting history as the first batsman to hit a six off each delivery of an over in a first-class match.

'Apart from the last ball, a flat seamer that was too short, it wasn't a bad over, really,' Nash said. 'But he was the greatest man who has ever played the game and he showed why. I was a bit shell-shocked. But it did me no harm. If people remember me for that day, that's fine.'

Nash went on to enjoy a successful career. The following season Glamorgan won the Championship and when Nash retired, in 1983, it was with 993 first-class wickets.

Today he lives in Vancouver, where he promotes golf and cricket events. He still plays club cricket but nowadays meets Sobers on the golf course. 'Our business interests bring us together probably twice a year. We don't always talk about the six sixes, but rarely a day goes by without someone mentioning it.'

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