December 21, 2012

Australian cricket

Hit roof, get six

George Binoy

Aaron Finch, the Melbourne Renegades captain, launched Hobart Hurricanes fast bowler Doug Bollinger high into the sky for what seemed like a certain six at the Docklands Stadium. Until the main supporting beam for the venue, which has a retractable roof, came in the way of the ball. The umpires called dead ball, and the Big Bash League has amended the playing conditions for the rest of the season since.

Should the ball hit the roof of the Docklands Stadium when it is open, the batsman will be credited with a six, but if the ball hits a part of the retractable section when the roof is closed, it will be a dead ball. Any balls that hit other areas of the roof or structure will be given six.

"No-one wants to see an incredible piece of skill, such as [Aaron] Finch's shot on Wednesday night, go unrewarded," the BBL's Anthony Everard told Sportal. "The umpires made the correct decision but this change is in the best interests of the game and the fans.

"We're looking forward to seeing if Finch, Marlon Samuels, Chris Lynn or any of the other Renegades or Heat players can launch the ball into the stadium roof structure tomorrow night."

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