Dan Christian has belted one of the biggest sixes Brisbane has seen, launching a ball on to the roof of the Gabba as his former Heat team-mates were pummelled yet again.
The Hobart Hurricanes were going along at a solid, if unspectacular pace in Tuesday’s Big Bash League encounter when Christian, who was discarded by the Heat after last season before being picked up by the Hurricanes, came to the crease with seven overs remaining.
The all-rounder was a respectable 17 off 12 when Mark Steketee came on to bowl the 18th over and Christian set off on a run-plundering crusade as he smacked 15 runs in four balls, but worse was still to come for Brisbane.
Luke Feldman had the arduous task of bowling the penultimate over to a rampaging Christian and, when the second ball of the over landed in the slot, the all-rounder swung hard and true, firing the ball over long-on and out of the ground.
He could barely believe his own eyes, laughing in awe after the fact and batting partner Darren Sammy, who looked out of sorts at the other end, acted as if his team-mate’s bat was on fire.
Watch Christian’s hit below
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The monster six was measured at 117 metres and curator Kevin Mitchell Jr, who has been working at the Gabba for over 30 years, told The Courier-Mail it was the biggest hit he had seen at the ground.
Umpires Ash Barrow and Simon Fry also said it was the first time they had had a front-row seat to someone hitting a ball on to the roof of a stadium.
Two more maximums followed in the over, including a bomb into the top tier, taking Christian’s score to 53 off 22 and Feldman’s figures from a decent 1 for 28 off three overs, to an embarrassing 1 for 53 off four.
So spectacular was his showing that it almost overshadowed a rapid-fire ton by Heat captain Chris Lynn and the Hurricanes’ 15-run victory.
It is not the first time Christian has come back to hurt the Brisbane Heat this season.
He took two wickets and four catches when the teams met in Hobart on December 22.