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Watch: Umpires overrule Adam Zampa’s attempt to run out non-striker in controversial Melbourne derby moment

Adam Zampa run out non-striker failed
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Watch: Tom Rogers of the Melbourne Renegades left his crease before Adam Zampa of the Melbourne Stars had released the ball. Zampa’s attempt to run out Rogers went in vain.

Rogers arrived at the crease at the fall of the sixth wicket, when Akeal Hosein tried to slog Zampa but top-edged, during a Melbourne derby clash of the Big Bash League at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He got off strike the first ball he faced with a cover drive, and a wild throw allowed Mackenzie Harvey to complete a second run off the next ball.

Two balls remained in the Renegades innings at this point. They were 139-7. Zampa ran in to bowl at Harvey.


Rogers was clearly inside the crease until Zampa was behind the stumps, during his delivery stride. However, by the time Zampa had raised his bowling arm in an attempt to release the ball, Rogers left the crease. By the time Zampa’s arm was directly above his head, Rogers was well outside the crease.

It is not clear when Zampa noticed Rogers’ position, but he did not release the ball at all, though he went through with the motion. Instead, he stopped in his run up, turned around, whipped off the bails, and appealed. By then, Rogers had reached the point of no return.

The umpires conferred, then ruled Rogers not out. It was apparently based on Law 38.3.1 (“If the non-striker is out of his/her ground at any time from the moment the ball comes into play until the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the non-striker is liable to be Run out”), but it was not immediately clear why. Rogers had indeed left the crease after the ball had come into play and before the point Zampa would ordinarily have been expected to release the ball.

Frame by frame analysis showed that Rogers left the crease before Zampa’s bowling arm was vertical

Some time later, the MCC, custodians of the Laws of Cricket, tweeted a clarification.

The Renegades finished on 141-7, with Harvey on 32 from 23 balls. Zampa returned figures of 4-0-18-1.

Watch Adam Zampa’s attempt to run out Tom Rogers here:

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