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Watch: Two strange dismissals in Sheffield Shield clash

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

The second day of Tasmania and South Australia’s Sheffield Shield clash at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval saw two of the more peculiar dismissals you’ll witness on a cricket field.

Of the many methods to be dismissed in the game, Daniel Drew and Alex Doolan stuck to two of the conventional ones: bowled and leg-before. The manners though, were unique in their own way.

1) Drew’s dreadful drag-on

We’ve often seen strange bounce getting the better of a batsman, but its a rarity if that happens once the ball has hit the bat. That’s exactly what happened to Daniel Drews, the South Australian batter, who dragged one onto the stumps in a weirdest of ways.

Riley Meredith, the right-arm pacer, pitched one short of length, angling inwards from outside off. Drew, in an attempt to defend it from the crease, presented the full bat-face off his back-foot. The ball bounced right under his bat, gripped on the surface and lobbed about two metres above his head before falling dislodge the bails.

Drew was the sixth wicket to fall, with his team still trailing Tasmania’s first innings score of 254 all-out by 19. However, some useful contributions from the lower order, saw them take a 92-run lead.

2) Doolan departs dubiously

If Drew’s dismissal was a benchmark for misfortune, Doolan’s wicket was a result of an error in judgement, though from who was a matter of opinion. After spending a day in the field, the right-hander walked in to open the batting alongside Jordan Silk in the final half-an-hour of the day’s play.

Having weathered 11 deliveries for no run, Doolan decided to shoulder arms to the final delivery of the day, bowled from over the wicket by left-arm seamer Nick Winter to the right hander. The ball hit his front pad and bowler and the close-in fielders went up in unison, and the umpire duly raised his finger. Doolan seemed perplexed by the decision, standing at the crease for several moments before trudging off, and the replays seemed to bolster his case.

Though the ball came back in some way, it looked as if it would have missed off-stump by some margin. Tasmania stood at 6-1 at stumps, still 86 behind South Australia in their second innings, and with luck having evened itself out over the course of day.

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