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Watch: Stumping or run out? Australian club wicketkeeper’s long-range direct hit causes confusion over dismissal type

Jay Lenton stumping
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Watch: In a Sydney club cricket match, Manly Warringah captain-wicketkeeper Jay Lenton threw down the stumps, causing some confusion over the mode of dismissal.

Manly had made 146 and 138 in the match, bowling out Northern District for 95 in between. Chasing 190, however, Northern District were in control at 110-3, despite losing Cameron Tunks, captain David Lowery, and Chris Green. At the crease were Lachlan Shaw and Scott Rodgie.

Medium-pace bowler Jack Edwards, who plays for New South Wales and has appeared for both Australia Under-19s and Sydney Sixers, now came to bowl at Rodgie. The innocuous ball went down the leg-side, Shaw missed the leg-glance, and Lenton collected the ball.


So far, nothing out of the ordinary. However, Lenton noticed that Shaw had stepped out of the crease while attempting the shot, and had not bothered to return, and hit the stumps with a casual backhand flick from a reasonable distance. Shaw’s attempts to return to the crease in time was in vain.

“I noticed he moved forward a bit and I threw the ball in hope more than anything … I didn’t think of it working at all. As soon as it hit the stumps it all clicked that it might just be out and it was,” confessed former New South Wales and Sydney Thunder wicketkeeper Lenton.

The umpires initially ruled Shaw run out before changing it to a stumping under Law 39.1.2: “The striker is out Stumped … even though a decision of Run out would be justified.”

The wicket triggered a collapse, as Northern District collapsed to 154 shortly afterwards, against Edwards (4-50), Stephen O’Keefe (3-32), and Jake Carden (2-23). Since Edwards had taken 6-40 in the first innings as well, it gave him a 10-wicket haul to go with his second-innings 28.

Lenton had an excellent match too, finishing with five catches and a stumping.

Watch Jay Lenton pull off the dismissal here:

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