Five-run BBL penalty ‘harsh’: McDermott

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Ben McDermott believes a rare five-run penalty dished out mid-match against the Hobart Hurricanes for teammate Tim David deliberately running short was too harsh.

The Hurricanes notched a valuable 24-run Big Bash League win over the Melbourne Stars on Friday night at Bellerive Oval on the back of opener McDermott’s 67 from 43 deliveries.

But it was also notable for Hobart copping the hefty penalty against David, whose bat was some distance short of the crease when he turned back attempting a second run late in their innings.

The umpires ruled a short run and deemed the act deliberate, penalising Hobart five runs.

Under section 18.5.2 of the BBL playing conditions, umpires can either impose a five-run penalty, disallow the runs or return batters to their original end if they deem a short run deliberate.

“I think five penalty runs were a bit harsh but I suppose they’re just making up rules in the Big Bash, I don’t know,” McDermott said.

Ben McDermott leads out the Hurricanes

(Photo by Graham Denholm – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

“I don’t think it was five runs. I thought it was just counted as one short. Maybe it’s a dot ball, that’s fine. But I don’t think it was a five-run penalty.

“I’m happy with a dot ball. If he’s taken maybe two or three steps down the wicket and just gone back, that’s the same sort of thing in my opinion.

“He needed to be on strike, we had a bowler at the other end. I think it’s just a bit of common sense but it’s not up to me.”

In commentary for Fox Cricket, Australia great Adam Gilchrist agreed with the umpires’ decision and said David’s running was not really in the spirit of the game.

The ruling meant the Stars started their chase of Hobart’s 6-180 at 0-5 before a ball had been bowled.

McDermott earlier shone with the bat after being elevated to the top of the order after the Hurricanes made a call to shift D’Arcy Short to number three.

Short, who has struggled to get going in the tournament so far, managed an unconvincing 26 from 24 balls despite notching three consecutive boundaries.

McDermott said the decision to break up the Short-Matthew Wade opening duo was about match-ups on the night.

“I’ve batted in this side from one to seven so I’ll just keep rolling out where I’m told. Whether it is permanent I’m not sure,” McDermott said.

In reply, the Stars lost big guns Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell inside the first eight overs and finished at 9-156 despite the best efforts of English import Joe Clarke (52 from 40).

Hurricanes quick Nathan Ellis (2-27) bowled some clutch overs at the death and took the wicket of power hitter Andre Russell (12 from 13) in the third-last over.

The win is the Hurricanes’ second from five games, while the Stars are also 2-5.


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