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‘Quick thinking’ Sophie Ecclestone opts not to take off bails, throws to keeper’s end to run out Nat Sciver-Brunt

Sophie Ecclestone throws to Alyssa Healy to run out Nat Sciver-Brunt
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Sophie Ecclestone chose to run out Nat Sciver-Brunt over Hayley Matthews in a WPL match between UP Warriorz and Mumbai Indians today (February 27), throwing to the keeper’s end with both batters out of their ground.

Matthews was nearing her half-century when the incident happened, having hit a boundary off the third ball of Ecclestone’s over to reach 47. Sciver-Brunt’s threat was building at the other end, having hit 19 runs off her first 14 balls. After UP Warriorz were able to limit the runs in the first part of the powerplay, boundaries were beginning to flow for Mumbai, 74 runs coming off the previous eight overs.

Ecclestone bowled a short-ish ball coming into off stump to Matthews, which she played away into the off side. Matthews set off for a single immediately, with Sciver-Brunt momentarily hesitating before scrambling down the wicket. Two fielders converged on the ball between cover and point, with the ball being thrown to Ecclestone at the bowler’s end. As the fielder gathered the ball, Matthews stopped midway down the pitch and looked to turn back. Sciver-Brunt continued to run through, only stopping as she saw Matthews turn around.

Nat Sciver-Brunt and Hayley Matthews WPL run-out

The ball was thrown into Ecclestone before the batters had crossed with Sciver-Brunt well down the pitch. Seeing the ball come in, Matthews changed her mind again and tried to cross over with Sciver-Brunt, so that if Ecclestone took the bails off it would be her who was run out. However, instead of opting to take the bails off and run out Matthews, Ecclestone threw the ball to Alyssa Healy at the keeper’s end. By the time Healy gathered the ball, Matthews had run past Sciver-Brunt in an attempt to sacrifice herself.

Nat Sciver-Brunt run out WPL

But, her efforts to make sure Sciver-Brunt stayed in backfired with Healy taking the bails off. Because the two batters had crossed, Sciver-Brunt was actually running to the danger end, and had to depart for 19.

Ecclestone was praised for her presence of mind in choosing to run out the dangerous Sciver-Brunt.

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