London: Hampshire captain Shane Warne defended his young pace bowler Chris Tremlett after he bowled a potentially dangerous beamer at Durham batsman Ottis Gibson in the Friends Provident Trophy final at Lord's on Saturday.
The match will be completed on Sunday after rain stopped play with Hampshire, needing a record 313 to win, 158 for five in the 33rd over.
Ex-West Indies bowler Gibson ended the day with three for 24 after taking wickets with the first two balls of the Hampshire innings. Earlier, he had to duck for safety when receiving the beamer after scoring a six and four off the previous two deliveries.
"No way did he mean that," Warne told reporters. "Had it been somebody else you might have questioned it but not Chris Tremlett. He said 'sorry' straight away and just wanted to forget it and bowl the next ball.
"Everyone knows what Chris Tremlett's like. We want him to be more aggressive. They shook hands after the over," the former Australia leg-spinner and world test wicket record-holder added.
The beamer was reminiscent of India's Shanthakumaran Sreesanth's to Kevin Pietersen in this year's test series. The delivery at Lord's was booed by spectators.
"They're never a nice thing, I don't know how he got out of the way," Durham captain Dale Benkenstein said. "It's one of those things that you don't really want as a batter.
"But Chris did say sorry and I think he was more embarrassed than anything."
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