The Big Bash League match between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder witnessed a freak run-out as Thunder batsman Alex Ross was dismissed for a diamond duck in a comedy of errors. The match ended with Scorchers weathering a stunning knock from English batsman Sam Billings to come up trumps.
Earlier, Scorchers were put in to bat and got to 185/6 thanks to Colin Munro‘s half-century and some lusty blows from Ashton Turner and Jhye Richardson towards the end. In the chase, no batsman could put up a fight for Thunder with the exception of Billings who scored a commanding 83 runs in just 48 balls. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to take his side home as they fell short by 17 runs.
Freak run-out has everybody in splits
In the sixth over of the second innings bowled by pacer Jason Behrendorff, a comedy of errors ensued when Billings glanced a good length delivery to the leg side. New batsman Alex Ross at the non-striker’s end hadn’t faced a ball and called for a couple when there never was a second run. Billings sent him back and he was nowhere in the fray to make it to the crease when the throw from the bowler himself arrived at the wicket-keeper’s end.
The throw wasn’t very accurate and wicket-keeper Josh Inglis fumbled and couldn’t get hold of the ball. As the ball looped up into the air, Inglis showed remarkable presence of mind to divert the ball at the stumps instead of catching and taking them out. The ball slowly turned towards the stump and found the batsman short of his crease. The Perth players reacted with disbelief and the likes of Jason Roy and Inglis himself were seen laughing.