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Watch: ‘You’re an embarrassment to sub-district cricket’ – Non-striker run-out sparks argument in Australian club game

Watch: 'You’re An Embarrassment To Sub-District Cricket' - Non-Striker Run-Out Sparks Argument In Australian Club Game
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Watch: A run out at the non-striker’s end sparked a heated incident in Australian club cricket in Victoria, causing a side to be branded by a watching supporter “an embarrassment to sub-district cricket”.

With the batting side on 30-1 chasing 187, the non-striking batter wandered out of his crease while the bowler was in his run-up. Whilst the batter’s back was turned awaiting delivery of the ball, the bowler took the opportunity to remove the bails halfway through his delivery stride, dismissing him on 25 off 15.

Despite remonstrations, the batter had no choice but to leave the field to the satisfaction of the fielding side’s supporters, who could be heard cheering from the balcony. While walking off the pitch, the batter turned to argue with the bowler, pointing at him, clearly unhappy with the method of dismissal.


Offering a word of advice, a supporter in the pavilion could be heard in the background saying: “Stay in your crease, simple. Very simple, stay in your crease.”

The batting side were not in the mood for the advice, taking issue with the sportsmanship of the dismissal and the integrity of the opposition club: “F****** shit club if that’s f****** acceptable”. The bowler’s side countered by reminding the frustrated players that the method of dismissal was “in the rule books”.

Once he’d walked off the pitch, the batter responded to the jeers at his behaviour by stating the bowler hadn’t warned him that he had been straying out of his crease, which prompted a reminder that he was in fact two metres beyond the crease line at the time of the dismissal.

Watch the dismissal and heated exchange below

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