Eek! Was This The Umpire Shocker Of The Year?
The WBBL action has been fantastic. Give or take the odd umpiring howler.
The WBBL, aka the Women's Big Bash League, started this month, and the action this Saturday was a lot more exciting than the tough grind that was the men's Test in Adelaide.
So much going on as multiple games took place. Where to look first?
Probably to the "CitiPower Centre" Melbourne (the venue formerly known as the Junction Oval) where the Melbourne Renegades performed a great escape today.
Four runs were needed from the final ball as the Renegades were on 5/140 in pursuit of the Adelaide Strikers score of 7/153.
Sophie Devine runs in. Claire Koski is on strike. And then...
She does it!
We love how Devine deliberately bowled that wide full ball. It's the modern day version of the middle stump yorker, which was once the unhittable ball you bowled to restrict runs in crucial moments.
We love even more how Koski walked calmly across her stumps and swatted it across the rope for four. Great areas. There's a full match report here.
Meanwhile, last night at North Sydney Oval, Ellyse Perry struck a century off 59 balls, in yet further confirmation of why she's ranked the world's best T20 batter.
She brought up both the win and her 100 with a crisply struck boundary down the ground. We could watch that shot all day. Actually we nearly did but don't tell the boss.
Watch how still her head is. Kids, that's how you bat.
But this is not a batting lesson. It could, however, be an umpiring lesson. Take a look at this howler in the Perth Scorchers/Brisbane Heat WBBL match today, which the Heat won.
Oh, that is soooo out. It's hitting middle and leg, halfway up.
Just outy outy out out.
The commentators thought so. Everyone thought so.
Never mind. It's sport. It happens. The WBBL ladder is here.