Ollie Davies may have hit the best six in the Big Bash season so far on his Thunder debut but he kept his feet on the ground after the game by replying to well-wishing friends and family.
The 20-year-old stunned BBL fans on Tuesday when he smashed 36 runs from 22 balls to push the Thunder to victory over the Perth Scorchers. But it was his stunning one-handed six that stole the show, with footage of the shot widely shared on social media.
The youngster, who is well known in the Sydney cricket community, fielded messages from loved ones and friends for 90 minutes after the game.
"I stayed up to make sure I got back to everyone," he said.
From Sydney's northern beaches, Davies said he was playing to give his community, which is in lockdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak, "something to watch".
Unable to make the trip to Canberra due to travel restrictions, Davies' family instead watched at home.
Davies stunned Big Bash fans on Tuesday when he hit 36 runs from just 22 balls to push the Thunder to victory over the Perth Scorchers.
"Mom gets real nervous when I play cricket," he said. "My dad called me this morning and said he'd never seen her so nervous, he said it was funny to watch."
It was not just a Big Bash debut for Davies but the start of a journey walking in his grandfather's footsteps. Derek Leon played for the Queen's Park Cricket Club in Trinidad and Davies hopes to build on his legacy.
At 14, Davies went to Trinidad to meet his extended family. The bulk of the messages he received on Tuesday night came from the cousin he hadn't met until then.
"Unfortunately, he [his grandfather] passed away when I was four or five … but I still hear plenty of stories from my nan and my mom about him playing cricket over in Trinidad," he said. "It's where I get aggressive flair from."
Before his one-handed six on Tuesday, Davies had a pre-game chat with Callum Ferguson.
"He told me, 'the best bit of advice I ever got was on my first-class debut and the coach came out to me and said when you get out there, take a second to take it all in'," he said. "So I just went out there with a smile on my face the whole time."
Speaking a day later, Davies said he was still "filled with adrenaline".
"When I was fielding I was so nervous. I was just worried about dropping a catch," he said.
Instead, he made an instant name for himself in the cricket world. "You put in all this effort over the last few years and – to get the opportunity, but more importantly take it – it was really rewarding," he said.
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