Melbourne Renegades big-hitter Nic Maddison trudges off thinking he’s out as the bails light up when ONE falls off – but he’s saved when replays show neither bat nor ball were anywhere NEAR the stumps!
- The Big Bash was treated to a bizarre wicket on Thursday night in Cairns
- The zinger bails flew off the stumps despite neither the ball or man touching it
- Nic Maddinson trudged off but was handed a reprieve by the third umpire
Melbourne Renegades star Nic Maddinson had to be called back to the crease on Thursday night after he thought he was dismissed in the most bizarre circumstances seen in the Big Bash.
Maddinson, travelling nicely on 42 runs off 26 balls, hit Mark Steketee’s short delivery sweetly to pull towards the boundary as the Renegades attempted to pile on the runs against the Brisbane Heat.
However, he was left flabbergasted when he turned around to see the wickets lit up and one bail on the ground.
Nic Maddinson was almost dismissed in bizarre fashion for the Melbourne Renegades in Cairns
One bail flew off despite neither Maddinson nor the ball touching the stumps in the BBL
Replays saved Maddinson an embarrassing exit and he went on to score 87 runs
Maddinson began to trudge off the ground before replays indicated that his feet and bat, as well as the ball, were nowhere near making contact with the stumps when he played the shot.
Somehow, the bail had mysteriously dislodged of its own accord.
‘Oh what’s happened there? What’s it come off? The bails have just come off,’ former New Zealand wicketkeeper Ian Smith told Fox Cricket.
The Renegades captain was hoping to lead his side to their first victory of the new season
‘All I can think is when his back foot swivelled round and made contact with the ground, it shook the ground. Maybe it wasn’t that stable, because it looked when he put that back foot down closest to the stumps, the bail fell off.
‘Who knows? Spooky.’
Maddinson went on to score 87 runs off 49 deliveries to set the Heat a target of 167, with Sam Harper and Andre Russell scoring 21 and 35 runs respectively.
More to follow.