Saturday, January 26, 2013

Did one ball make a difference?

South Africa scraped home to a nail-biting win against New Zealand in the final ODI in Potchefstroom this morning. A six to Ryan McLaren off the final ball of the match gave the Proteas a thrilling one wicket victory after they had almost managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory again.

But the Black Caps can feel hard done by. Here's how Cricinfo recorded the penultimate over of the New Zealand innings.


Yes Dear Readers; the local umpire Adrian Holdstock mis-counted the 49th over of the New Zealand innings. And in a match that went right to the wire, who can say what a difference that extra ball may have made?

It's water under the bridge now, but you'd think that third umpire Aleem Dar, one of the most senior umpires on the ICC panel might have sent the on-field umpires a message.

Still; New Zealand emerges with an ODI series victory. David White, Chris Moller, Mike Hesson, Brendon McCullum and the NZC board will be deeply relieved. In the euphoria of having unseated the team that was ranked #1 in the ICC rankings at the start of this series, let's not forget the events that preceded this tour, and this disasters of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

We won't dwell on NZC's failings today; that can wait. Congratulations to the Black Caps for playing the kind of cricket that we expect from them in the ODI series against South Africa; fighting and scrapping all the way. Here's hoping that form carries over into the home series against England, and especially into the test matches.

1 comment:

gravedodger said...

At the time the faux pa was acting out the english language commentators rhetorically remarked "I hope that does not come to be a big factor".
Yes It may have been a dot, but it was not unthinkable that with around two overs of wides already and the way Frankie was hitting, it just could have been 4 wides and a six.
Glad the series did not hinge on the unexceptable inadequacy.
It was great to see application, adherance to the game plan and such a gutsy committed attitude from Bazza's little hit squad and I agree with you that it in no way glosses over the complete shambles that Moller, White, Buchanan and Hesson have perpetrated on what to me is "the beautiful game".