Obstruction debate heats up in Big Bash

Beth Mooney smashes Brisbane Heat to WBBL win over Hobart Hurricanes

BETH Mooney has powered the Brisbane Heat to a comprehensive eight-wicket WBBL triumph over the winless Hobart Hurricanes.

"Ross was left with no choice but to head back into the hut, however, he let his feelings known about the decision on social media later".

"The dismissal last night of Alex Ross from Brisbane Heat saw the batsman change direction, turn to watch the direction of the throw and run on the pitch", he said.

The Heat were still bemused on Thursday by the decision, as Ross claimed he was trying to run away from the ball when it struck him while completing a run, before being given out by the third umpire.

"Personally, I thought it wasn't the right decision", McCullum said.

"Of course, the umpire is always right and we congratulate the Hurricanes on their victory".

Despite this, the hilarious and frankly unusual wicket of Alex Ross will be remembered for a long time and goes down in the history books of the Big Bash League.


Warwick cricket umpire and retired Brisbane A-grade player Greg Payne has tipped a lot more focus on appeals for obstructing field after a controversial decision on Wednesday night at the Gabba.

"It's time to move on".

In a series of tweets, Harris let fly at the umpiring decision resulting in Ross' dismissal, a moment that the Heat captain Brendon MCullum later blamed on his opposite number George Bailey for failing to withdraw his appeal.

Batting first, Hobart Hurricanes had set a respectable total of 180 runs for the Brisbane team to chase down, aided by D'Arcy Short's mammoth innings of 122 runs.

Later, a Cricket Australia spokesperson was quoted as saying that they were satisfied with the call made by the umpire regarding this incident and the decision was "justified".

"But we need to understand clearly that mum, dad and the kids are interested in being entertained, not subjected to a forensic examination of the rule book". He was going for the second run but struggled to get back to the crease.

On that occasion, the former Kiwi captain was writing a column for a United Kingdom newspaper, and lashed Smith for appealing "obstructing the field" when England's Ben Stokes blocked a run-out opportunity from the bowler when he reaching out to block the oncoming ball with his glove in an ODI at Lord's.

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