Cricket’s newest version “The Hundred” has caused a lot of reaction, both positive and negative. While the format is exciting and has a lot of world class players involved in its debut season, there are always going to be minor blips on the way.
In Monday’s match between Oval Invincibles Women and Wesh Fire Women, the third umpire apologised for making a mistake.
During the first innings of the match, Oval Invincibles’ captain Dane van Niekerk was bowling to Georgia Redmayne. The ball hit the top of Redmayne’s pads and although it looked as if the ball would go over the stumps, there was always a possibility of an LBW.
After some consultation with the wicket keeper Sarah Bryce, van Niekirk decided to go upstairs. Paul Baldwin, who was the designated third umpire, took his time to check if the ball was hitting the bat. He concluded that the ball didn’t take the edge of the bat in anyway and asked for “ball tracking” straightaway. The UltraEdge wasn’t even taken into consideration.
But the production director was alert and he intervened. He showed the UltraEdge even though the Umpire didn’t ask for it and it showed that bat was clearly involved before the ball went on to hit the pads. If the UltraEdge wasn’t taken and the ball had gone on to hit the stumps, Georgia Redmayne would have been dismissed.
This would have a huge effect on the result of the match as she went on to score 30 runs, which was the highest score on the day. The background staff has to be given credit for showing UltraEdge even though the third umpire wanted to take a look at “ball tracking”. The Umpire even apologized midway into the DRS after he saw on UltraEdge that the ball took the edge of Redmayne’s bat.
Watch the entire incident here:
Redmayne went on to put up a good partnership with Sarah Taylor, who was adjudged Player of the Match. The pair helped Welsh Fire to score 112 runs, which proved to be 12 runs more than the Oval Invincibles could manage.
Hayley Mathews and Nicole Harvey were the two standout bowlers for Welsh Fire as they picked up 5 wickets between themselves. This win takes their side up to 4th place with 4 points from as many matches. Oval Invincibles, on the other hand, are also on 4 points but are ahead on Net Run Rate as things stand.