The referee asks players to return to their positions after a ‘no-ball’ in the final of T20 Blast 2022.© Twitter
The T20 Blast on Saturday witnessed one of the most bizarre incidents that can happen in the game of cricket. The drama took place in the final game of the tournament played between Hampshire and Lancashire at Birmingham’s Edgbaston. The pulse-pounding game went to the last ball where Lancashire needed five runs to win the match. This is when pace-setter Nathan Ellis cleared Richard Gleeson with increased height and the Hampshire players erupted in joy, thinking they clinched the title by a 4-point margin. But the umpire marred their party by stating that it wasn’t a ball.
By the time the umpire announced his decision, the fireworks had already started in the stadium. Meanwhile, the entire Hampshire dressing room began to celebrate as their fans filled in the moment. The Hampshire players then had to walk back to their positions for the last ball of the game.
All the drama couldn’t hurt Hampshire’s morale, though, as the side eventually took the title with a one-point win over Lancashire.
Watch the latest drama here:
A no ball. A no ball.
The utter, utter drama of #Blast22.
— Vitality Blast (@VitalityBlast) July 16, 2022
Previously, Hampshire skipper James Vince had won the toss and opted to hit first in the top clash. The side posted 152/8 in their set quota of 20 overs, courtesy of Ben McDermott’s 62 out of 36. Meanwhile, Matthew Parkinson was the bowlers’ pick for Lancashire with marks of 4/26.
In response, Lancashire was one run short by ending their innings at 151/8, despite the latter drama. Steven Croft was the top scorer of the match with a 36 out of 25. For Hampshire, both Liam Dawson and James Fuller picked two wickets each.
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