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Big Bash: Fielding Team Recalls Batsman After Blatant Error by Third Umpire

The first game of the Big Bash League produced an unusual situation with a blatant error by the third umpire being rectified by the fielding team that was the direct beneficiary of it.

Cricketnext Staff |December 28, 2018, 7:59 PM IST
Big Bash: Fielding Team Recalls Batsman After Blatant Error by Third Umpire

The first game of the Big Bash League produced an unusual situation with a blatant error by the third umpire being rectified by the fielding team that was the direct beneficiary of it. The incident occurred when the Adelaide Strikers had already reduced the Brisbane Heat to 92 for 6 with Jimmy Peirson and James Pattinson batting.

Peirson tapped one towards point for a quick single. Pattinson dived at the striker’s end and looked to be home to everyone barring the third umpire who ruled it out. The bewildered Pattinson held his ground which led to further chaos as Heat Coach Daniel Vettori and skipper Chris Lynn were seen talking to the match officials near the fence.

The incident even had the commentators wondering with Adam Gilchrist expressing his shock. “The rule is that something has to be grounded, as soon as something has grounded the batsman is in. This is farcical. Someone has to make a decision now.”

Just as Pattinson lost hope and started to trudge back, he returned to the middle to resume his innings, much to the delight of the crowd. It was later revealed that Strikers’ skipper Colin Ingram had withdrawn the appeal after a word from teammate Ben Laughlin.

“It was a unique scenario, I ended up chatting with Benny Laughlin, and he said what is the option with withdrawing the appeal, so the initial idea came from him,” Ingram told Fox Cricket later.

“We can all clearly see that it wasn’t out, you’ll look like an idiot on TV if it isn’t, but we’ve got to back what we saw and most of our boys were happy and just wanted to get on with the game.”

Pattinson couldn’t make much of the reprieve though as the Heat could only post 146 on board. In reply, Alex Carey’s 46-ball 70 ensured that Strikers won the game despite losing wickets in the middle of the innings.

The other talking point on the day was the first-ever ‘bat-flip’ that replaced the traditional coin toss before the game. Former Australian opener Mathew Hayden conducted the new version of the “toss” and Ingram called right and elected to bowl first.

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