The Big Bash League started with a clash between Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat at the Gabba. One incident that stood out in the encounter was a run out appeal against Heats’ James Pattinson.
With the hosts struggling at 92/6, wicket-keeper batsman Jimmy Peirson played a cut shot towards the backward of point. James Pattinson tried to steal a single but it turned out to be a close call. The decision was referred to third umpire Greg Davidson, who after carefully going through the footage ruled him out.
The decision left Pattinson seeing red as the replay on the big screen clearly showed that Pattinson had made his ground. It led to angry reactions from Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn too from the dug out.
But the decision on the big screen at the ground read “OUT” causing confusion amongst players and fans at the ground alike. Pattinson remained in the middle as the players on the ground had all seen the replay and assumed the incorrect button had been pressed for the graphics on the big screen.
But after confirmation via radio to on-field umpire Simon Fry it was discovered that the TV umpire had in fact given Pattinson out, and that the decision would stand.
Pattinson started to walk off as Heat captain Chris Lynn and coach Daniel Vettori began a heated discussion with reserve umpire Donovan Koch on the sidelines. But Ingram saved everyone’s blushes by withdrawing the appeal and recalling Pattinson.
Pattinson was called back, but was soon out stumped after scoring just 4 runs. Strikers captain Ingram later said that the initial though of calling Pattinson back came from Ben Laughlin.
“It was a unique scenario,” Ingram said on the Fox Sports coverage.
“I ended up chatting with Benny Laughlin and he said ‘what’s the option on withdrawing the appeal?’ “The initial idea came from him, the good sport he is, said Ingram
“We could all clearly see that it wasn’t out.
“You could look like an idiot on TV if it isn’t, but you’ve got to back what we saw and our boys were really happy with that, we just wanted to get on with the game.
“I didn’t know if it was an option or not. All we wanted to do was get the right decision. I thought maybe they’d pressed the wrong button or something like that. It was just part of the game today.”
Here’s the moment we’re talking about:
OUT OR NOT OUT!? .. You’ll struggle to see a more bizarre sequence of events on a cricket field! ? but somehow, @_jamespattinson survives.. we think!? Thoughts @HeatBBL!?
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— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) December 19, 2018