Big Bash confusion as Adelaide Strikers withdraw run-out appeal against Brisbane Heat
James Pattinson was given out, despite appearing to have his bat safely in. (Supplied: Channel 7)
Confusion reigned in the opening game of the Big Bash League at the Gabba in Brisbane when the third umpire adjudged James Pattinson run out when his bat appeared to be grounded over the line.
The Strikers’ showed great sportsmanship to withdraw the appeal against Pattinson and let the Brisbane Heat quick bat on after the umpiring howler in Adelaide’s five-wicket win on Wednesday night.
But the chivalry only extended so far, with Strikers star Alex Carey happy to accept the umpire’s decision when Heat leg-spinner Mitch Swepson’s passionate caught behind appeal was knocked back on his way to a match-winning 70, admitting later he nicked it.
“I’m not like Gilly, I don’t walk,” Carey said with a wry smile, referring to former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.
Still, it was hard to hold a grudge against the defending BBL champions after their wonderful gesture to Pattinson in the tournament opener.
The Strikers took the extraordinary step of pulling their appeal when the third umpire ruled Pattinson was run out after big screen replays showed otherwise, stunning players, on-field officials and a booing Gabba crowd.
Sportsbet tweet:One innings into the Big Bash and we’ve just seen the worst third umpiring decision in the history of cricket.
HeatBBL tweet: OUT… NOT OUT! OUT… NOT OUT??? A controversial decision here… We’re all confused with Patto’s run-out!
BBL Tweet: The StrikersBBL withdrew their appeal to keep James Pattinson at the crease. Guess who’s going moving up on the HeatBBL Christmas list
“I probably haven’t seen anything like that before. But we were comfortable with calling him back — it was the right thing to do,” Carey said.
Pattinson had no hard feelings after hearing that Carey admitted to feathering a touch to Heat ‘keeper James Peirson off Swepson (1-27).
“He [third umpire] might have been the only person who thought it was out, but common sense prevailed,” Pattinson said of the run-out decision.
“It [Carey’s caught behind call] wasn’t as blatant. But when it’s for all to see on the big screen, it’s a different matter.
“It might have been a different story if we were chasing six to win off the last over but full credit to the Strikers [for pulling appeal] — it was a great gesture.”
Pattinson was quickly dismissed later — with Carey taking a smart stumping off the bowling of Jake Weatherald — for four as the Heat were bowled out for 146, but the fast bowler still made an impressive Brisbane debut, taking 2-23 in the Strikers’ run chase.
Swepson eventually got his man when he bowled Australian one-day deputy Carey, finally ending a knock that featured five fours and four sixes.
Jon Wells (24 not out) ensured the Strikers reeled in the victory target with five balls to spare.