The Sydney Sixers won Tuesday’s Women’s Big Bash League 2023 (WBBL 2023) game against Brisbane Heat by a margin of six wickets. When given the opportunity to bat first, Brisbane amassed 176/7 in 20 overs, with 64 runs hit by leading batter Amelia Kerr.
Later, the Sixers chased this target down with one ball remaining, but it turned out to be subpar. But there was also controversy throughout this exciting match when Brisbane was given a five-run penalty after Amelia seized the ball with a towel in her hand.
This strange event happened in the tenth over of the Sixers’ pursuit during the WBBL 2023 match. Ashleigh Gardner, the batter, played a shot at long-on and scored a single. At the non-striker’s end, the fielder scooped up the ball and tossed it to Amelia, who caught it in her towel-wielding hand.
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Amelia Kerr stepped up with the bat in the WBBL 2023
The on-field umpire intervened right away and gave Brisbane Heat a five-run penalty for their offence.
As per the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) rules, “No fielder other than the wicket-keeper shall be permitted to wear gloves or external leg guards. In addition, protection for the hand or fingers may be worn only with the consent of the umpires.”
If a fielder uses “his/her clothing with his/her hands and uses this to field the ball”, then the umpire shall “award 5 Penalty runs to the batting side.”
Prior to the game in the WBBL 2023, the Brisbane Heat scored 176/7, with Amelia Kerr scoring 64 and Mignon du Preez scoring 42. In addition to them, Charli Knott scored 29 runs in just ten balls. Ellyse Perry grabbed three wickets for the Sixers, and Jess Kerr claimed two.
Later, in 19.5 overs, Ashleigh Gardner and Erin Burns combined to score 36 and 35 runs, respectively, to help the Sixers chase down the target. For Brisbane Heat, Georgia Voll and Jess Jonassen each claimed two wickets as well.