The Telegraph – Melbourne Renegades almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League, as premature celebrations let Sydney Sixers force a Super Over.

Summary

  • Melbourne Renegades almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League, as premature celebrations let Sydney Sixers force a Super Over.
  • Needing three runs to win, quick-thinking Sydney batsman Sarah Aley scampered through for two after Melbourne ‘keeper Emma Inglis threw the ball into the air in celebration and failed to remove the bails.
  • Inglis and her teammates wrongly assumed the ball was ‘dead’ and the match over, but after some on-field deliberation it was decided the run should stand and the match finished as a tie in extraordinary fashion.
  • The Laws of Cricket (section 20.1.1.1), state the ball is considered dead ‘when it is finally settled in the hands of the wicketkeeper or of the bowler’ but whether a match is over or not is “a matter for the umpire alone to decide” (section 20.2).
  • Melbourne’s blunder did not prove too costly however, as they won the deciding Super Over to secure victory in the Twenty20 competition.


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