Quick thinking is an asset that separates the best from the good, and the recent WBBL match between the Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades was a reminder of the same. A last-gasp effort by Sarah Alley ensured that the match went into the Super-over in what was a dramatic end to the match.
Sydney Sixers came into the match as strong favorites as they looked to cement their spot at the top of the table. After an impressive performance by the bowling department, the defending champions required a
But the Renegades had different plans, as they managed to restrict the Sixers to 118/7 after 19.5 overs with the latter requiring 3 runs off the final ball of the innings to win the match. It was at this moment that created the moment of the day and maybe even the entire WBBL season.
The Renegades thought they’d stolen a one-run victory on the final ball of the innings after the Sixers' duo stole a single to short fine leg. As the ball was returned to the wicketkeeper the players started celebrating and failed to notice that Alley was taking another single, which, in turn, led to the match being forced into a Super Over.
Under the Laws of Cricket (section 188.8.131.52), the ball is considered dead "when it is finally settled in the hands of the wicketkeeper or of the bowler” but whether it is finally settled or not is "a matter for the umpire alone to decide" (section 20.2).
After a lengthy debate between the Renegades skipper Satterthwaite and the umpires, the officials confirmed that the match ended in a tie, with a Super-Over required to decide the winner.
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