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Watch: Obstruction? Australia U19 player run out in confusing fashion after bowler backs into her

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

There was a moment of confusion in the ICC Women’s U19 World Cup clash between Australia and Sri Lanka at Benoni when Australia’s Lucy Hamilton was run out when she was seemingly impeded from reaching her ground by bowler Rashmi Nethranjali.

The incident took place at the end of a chaotic 19th over of the Australia innings. Before the incident, the umpires prematurely called ‘over’ after Nethranjali had bowled just five balls. Hamilton pushed the last ball of that over to long off, and she and Amy Smith pushed for two before opting against doing so at the last moment.

Dulanga Dissanayake picked the ball up in the deep and threw it towards the non-striker’s end. Realising that the second run was not on, Hamilton looked to return back to her crease, only to find Nethranjali – who was attempting to avoid Dissanayake’s stumps-bound throw – inadvertently impeding her movement.


The throw hit the stumps with Hamilton well out of her ground. Hamilton turned to the umpires to check whether the dismissal would stand. After the standing umpire raised his finger, she walked off the field without making any complaint.

On commentary, Charles Dagnall said: “I’ve seen some things on a cricket field but I don’t think I’ve seen that one.”

Law 41.5, which concerns fielders obstructing the field, states: “It is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batter after the striker has received the ball. It is for either one of the umpires to decide whether any distraction, deception or obstruction is wilful or not.”

If the umpires deem the obstruction to be wilful, they are supposed to call dead ball. In this case, the collision looks to have been deemed accidental.

You can watch the incident below:


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