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Watch: A for effort, F for execution – attempted boundary relay catch goes hilariously wrong in Australian domestic cricket

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Watch: The South Australia-Queensland encounter in The Marsh Cup saw a humorous incident, where not one, not two, but three fielders converged to catch a ball, yet somehow the task got the better of them.

The incident took place in the 37th over of the Queensland innings. They began the over at 276-7, and were looking for quick runs while chasing the massive target set up by South Australia, thanks in part to Travis Head’s career-best score of 230 – the sixth highest score in men’s List A cricket. Off the final delivery of the Brendan Doggett over, Neser hit one towards the leg-side boundary.

Three fielders took after the ball, even as it threatened to clear the rope. Head was the one with the best chance of hauling the ball back inside the confines of the boundary. He leapt to take the ball but his momentum took him over the boundary, so he decided to relay the catch to the fielders behind him. The ball was already over the rope when his teammate Nathan McAndrew tried to retrieve the ball himself.

McAndrew tried to push Head’s relay back inside the rope, but made the mistake of stepping over the boundary rope before touching the ball. By this time, a six had already become an inevitability, given that Head had actually touched the rope when he took the catch. The third fielder, perhaps understanding the futility of it all, grabbed the ball after crossing over and threw it back to an inner circle fielder.

You can watch the entire incident here:

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