T20 cricket leagues are always full of drama and excitement, but the Big Bash League match between Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades treated cricket fans to a unique event.
At Melbourne’s Docklands Stadium, the ball hit the roof twice and the umpire signaled sixes on both occasions, despite the ball falling inside the 30-yard circle.
Melbourne Stars gave away six runs despite the ball not crossing the boundary twice.
The Melbourne Stars face the Melbourne Renegades in a Saturday evening game at Docklands Stadium. Due to the hot weather in Melbourne, the stadium’s roof had come off, which led to a strange incident which helped the Melbourne Stars chase them down.
During the third over of Melbourne Stars’ innings, wicketkeeper-batsman Joe Clarke bowled Renegades pacer Will Sutherland onto the roof of the closed stadium. Sutherland bowled with a change of pace and successfully deceived Joe Clarke, who got through the line very quickly. The top edge allowed the ball to hit the roof of the stadium and then fall to the mid-wicket area. According to the rules, the on-field umpire signaled him for six runs.
Melbourne Renegades’ troubles didn’t end there as the same strange thing happened again in the 16th over of the Stars’ chase. This time Bev Webster hit Tom Rogers as the ball went straight up as the bowler anticipated a wicket opportunity. However, the ball hit the roof again and signaled a six that could have been an easy dismissal for the Renegades.
Even the commentator looked puzzled as he said, “That shouldn’t signal a six.” 12 runs can make a big difference in this game. The fielding team looked very disappointed after seeing the same incident twice.
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Beau Webster sends ANOTHER one into the Marvel Stadium roof – and that’ll be another SIX runs!! 🤯#BBL12 pic.twitter.com/3YdMNv0cLv
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 14, 2023
Despite earning these bonus runs, the Melbourne Stars failed to chase down the target, although they looked in good touch at times. In reply to Melbourne Renegades’ total of 162, the Melbourne Stars fell six runs short, with Kane Richardson taking two crucial wickets and conceding just 17 runs in his four-over spell.