WATCH: Brilliant piece of awareness from Sarah Aley takes the game to an unlikely Super Over

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WATCH: Brilliant piece of awareness from Sarah Aley takes the game to an unlikely Super Over

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SportsCafe Desk

01/03/2018

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 meagre 121 to clinch the victory against 5th-placed Melbourne Renegades. 

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 20.1.1.1), 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.

The Melbourne Renegades though, managed to edge-out the Sixers in the cliff-hanger at Geelong. Jess Duffin hit a single off the last ball of Marizanne Kapp's Super Over to snatch the win for the Victorians; their nine runs in the Super-Over eclipsing the Sixers' 2-8. It was the second celebration of the day for the Renegades, who fleetingly thought they'd defended their 7-120 in regulation play.

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