The 27th game of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 2022-23 between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars witnessed a high voltage drama as Stars skipper Adam Zampa tried to run out Tom Roger for leaving the non-strike fold.
The incident, which took place in the final of the Renegades’ innings, became the main topic of conversation. It all happened when Zampa attempted to inflict a runout on the non-striker’s end as he bowled the fifth ball from his over. The leggie stopped following up when he saw non-striker Rogers leave the crease, and in a flash he turned and knocked the bail off.
The run-out attempt shocked everyone as the decision was referred to the third umpire, who interestingly ruled in the batter’s favor and did not call him out. Based on the video replays, the third umpire ruled that Zampa had completed his bowling action when Rogers left the crease at the bowler’s end and thus the run-out appeal did not stand.
Here’s the video:
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After the controversy, the guardians of cricket laws, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), provided a clarification on the glowing topic. MCC said once the bowler’s arm has passed the point at which he is normally expected to release the ball or the highest point in the throwing action, the non-striker cannot run out.
“The non-striker may be taken off if he/she is out of his/her ground until such time as the bowler would normally be expected to release the ball. That means when the arm reaches the highest point. The bowler has *not* the right to go all the way around in the bowling action and then run the non-striker out,” MCC wrote on their official Twitter account.
The non-striker may be taken off if he/she is out of his/her ground up to the time when the bowler would normally be expected to release the ball.
— Marylebone Cricket Club (@MCCOfficial) January 3, 2023
Speaking of the match, Renegades won the match by 33 runs after limiting Stars to 108/9 in 20 overs. Renegades batted first to score 141/7 in 20 overs, with Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh and Mackenzie Harvey hitting 32 runs each. In response, the Stars could only take 108/9 in 20 overs, with Nick Larkin’s 48 out of 40 as their top scorer.
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