November 20, 2019 6:58:48 pm
An umpire in Women’s Big Bash League 2019 made a howler during the match between the Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers on Wednesday at Melbourne. The incident took place in the ninth over of Melbourne’s innings.
Samantha Betts bowled a clear no ball way above opener Lizelle Lee’s waist. Lee hit it straight to the deep square leg fielder Heather Graham. Ideally, it should have been a no ball followed by a free hit delivery but umpire Mattis van Eck thought otherwise.
The Proteas batter was baffled by the decision as the ball was almost above her shoulder. The 27-year-old was in her crease when she played the shot.
Gone! Full toss from Sam Betts and Lizelle Lee has to go for 17…
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Interestingly, players from the Perth Scorchers did not appeal, but the umpire gave Lee out anyway. Mattis even checked with square leg umpire Greg Azzopardi before making the decision.
Lee was furious as she walked back to the dressing room. The Melbourne Stars opener had scored 24 runs from 26 deliveries when she was given out.
Melbourne skipper Ellyse Villani’s half-century helped her side post 149 for six wickets in the first innings. Mignon du Preez contributed with a quickfire 22-ball 38.
In response, Perth Scorchers’ openers gave the team a cracking start. Wicketkeeper-batter Amy Ellen Jones scored 70 runs from 55 deliveries before getting out. Skipper Meg Lanning remained unbeaten for 68 runs from 59 deliveries. Lanning led her team to a convincing victory by nine wickets
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