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Watch: ‘Schoolyard handball’ – Series of errors end in unbelievable run-out in BBL

BBL run-out
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Watch: A series of errors which included a good old mix-up between batsmen and an awkward take from the wicketkeeper ended with a sensational run-out during the BBL 2020/21 game between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder on Friday.

The dismissal occurred off the final delivery of the sixth over of Sydney Thunder’s innings against Perth Scorchers in their chase of 186. Off the previous delivery, bowler Jason Behrendorff had dismissed Alex Hales, with Alex Ross joining Sam Billings in the middle.

Sam Billings, batting on 13 off 10, tapped the next one to the leg side and set off, exchanging ends for the first one quickly. With no fielder at square leg, Behrendorff himself set out to the chase to the ball and reaching it right when the two batsmen decided on a second run. Billings, who initially called the second, refused it, leaving Ross at the danger end with an incoming throw from Behrendorff.

The bowler stumbled but managed to hurl the ball back at the striker’s end, but the wicketkeeper, Josh Inglis, didn’t manage a clean take, fumbling as the ball bounced off his glove and lobbed up. In the meantime, Ross made a valiant effort to make his ground, but Inglis, in a brilliant moment of reflex (and a bit of luck), managed to tap the ball from over his head towards the stumps with one hand. The ball bounced right next to the stumps and spun off the ground, hitting the stumps and leaving Ross with a golden duck. Inglis’s teammates had a look of disbelief and understandably so: Behrendorff was captured with his hands on his head, and Jason Roy just couldn’t stop laughing.

Here’s the brilliant yet bizarre run out:

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