The Hobart Hurricanes have claimed a thrilling last-ball victory over the Brisbane Heat in a match that has divided the cricket community.
Chasing 180 for victory, in-form Heat star Alex Ross was mounting a late charge when he was confusingly given out for obstructing the field.
Ross diverted his line when returning for a second run, with the throw rebounding off his body and onto the stumps.
Hobart appealed and despite Ross making his ground, the bemused batsman was adjudged to have purposely deviated from his line and was given out.
The match left social media divided over what the correct ruling should have been.
Perth Scorchers bowler Andrew Tye weighed in on the debate, saying Ross was just trying to protect himself.
“If the ball hadn’t have hit him he would have made his ground! The ball hitting him has no direct effect on the game,” he posted on Twitter.
“My personal feel is not out.”
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell echoed the sentiments.
“He was trying not to get hit in the head… and not interfere with the throw. You could see he was clearly protecting his body, not his wicket. #error,” he posted on Twitter.
The dismissal is the first of its kind in BBL history, but it did little to please Heat captain Brendon McCullum who post-match claimed it was the wrong decision.
“I don’t believe it was the right decision; we’re not righteous on our stance on the spirit of the game but every now and then you get a chance to stand up for the spirit of the game and I think tonight (Hurricanes captain) George (Bailey) missed an opportunity,” McCullum said.
“He, in time, will perhaps live to wish he made the other choice.”
Bailey was somewhat sheepish in explaining his actions post-game, in what was a fourth-straight win that put them equal with the Heat on eight points.
“When I saw the replay I saw that Rossy had changed his angle and we asked ‘has he changed his line, can you check for obstruction’,” Bailey said.
Earlier it was the D’Arcy Short show as the Hurricanes opener notched the first hundred of the Big Bash season and the highest in the tournament’s seven-year history.
Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls — including eight sixes and eight fours — as he also passed 400 runs for the tournament so far.
The 27-year-old brought up his hundred with a six in the 19th over then hit three consecutive sixes in the final over off Mark Steketee to swing the game in Hobart’s favour.
The innings put Short back at the top of the BBL’s run-scorers and six-hitters list, following knocks of 42, 96 and 97 in the last three games.
Short backed up his innings with tidy figures of 1-20 from four overs, including the key wicket of Sam Heazlett.