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Watch: Paine executes ingenious yet bizarre stumping dismissal in Sheffield Shield

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by Wisden Staff 2-minute read

Watch: Tim Paine dismiss Nick Larkin with bizarre stumping during their Sheffield Shield clash.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine was involved in an ingenious yet bizarre stumping during the Sheffield Shield clash between Tasmania and New South Wales on Tuesday.

Paine had the well-set Nick Larkin stumped for 161 as Tasmania looked to contain a boisterous NSW batting, on the third day of their four-day clash. However, the manner of the stumping was unlike many others.

Paine was standing well back as the paceman Gabe Bell steamed in. Benn squared up Larkin with a peach, the batsman missing his defensive prod – and holding the pose – as the ball went through to the ‘keeper Paine. The quick-thinking Australia Test captain noticed that Larkin was outside the crease as he held the pose, and underarmed a throw to the stumps.

As the Tasmania players celebrated, Larkin was confused, but the dismissal was upheld and he had to go. However, despite his fall, NSW still posted a massive target of 348 as Moises Henriques and Sean Abbott scored centuries, and Mitchell Starc scored 86*. The NSW captain Peter Nevill declared when the score was on 522-6 – a decision Starc wasn’t too happy with – and Tasmania were reduced to 26-2 by stumps.

The stumping, as bizarre as it was, isn’t a one-off. During the 2016 Under-19 World Cup final, Rishabh Pant, opening for India, was dismissed for 1 in a similar manner by West Indies ‘keeper Tevin Imlach after straying out of the crease absentmindedly.

According to Niall O’Brien, the former Ireland wicketkeeper, he has dismissed George Bailey, the former Australia batsman, in the same fashion.

You can watch the ingenious stumping by Paine below. You can also watch the dismissal by clicking here.

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