Tim David’s act costs Hobart Hurricanes five runs

Hobart Hurricanes were hit with a penalty of five runs due to Tim David’s mistake in their Big Bash match against Melbourne Stars at Bellerive Oval on Friday.

The incident took place in the penultimate ball of Hobart Hurricane’s innings. Brody Couch bowled a yorker to Tim David who hit it towards long on. At first instance it looked like they ran for a two. But later it was quite evident that Tim David did not finish the first run in an attempt to get back on strike. David did not want his partner Nathan Ellis to face the final ball of the innings.

Tim David deliberately did not ground the bat at the non-striker’s end, and was way short of the popping crease. David grounded his bat two meters away from the crease.

The on-field umpires decided to deduct five runs from the batting team’s total. Hobart Hurricanes were slapped with five penalty runs under Law 18.5.1. The two runs were also cancelled by the umpires.

However, David collected five more runs in the final ball of the innings. Couch bowled a no ball and David ran for a couple. In the free hit David ran for another two runs.

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Hobar Hurricanes finished with 180 runs on the board at the cost of six wickets.

Tim David’s quickfire 22 off 12 deliveries helped Hurricanes reach to this total.

After electing to bat first, openers Matthew Wade and McDermott gave a fiery start to the innings. The two managed to put up 93 on the board for the first wicket. McDermott played a superb 63 run innings off 43 deliveries. Wade smashed 39 off 27 deliveries at a strike rate of 144.44.