Bizarre Incident: Shan Masood Survives Hit-Wicket and Run-Out Off a No-Ball Due to MCC Law

In an extraordinary and confusing sequence of events during the Vitality T20 Blast match between Yorkshire and Lancashire at Leeds, Yorkshire’s captain Shan Masood managed to survive both a hit-wicket and a run-out off a no-ball, thanks to a lesser-known provision of the MCC Laws of Cricket.

The Incident:

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During the 15th over of Yorkshire’s innings, bowled by Lancashire’s Jack Blatherwick, Masood, batting on 58, attempted a scoop shot. He moved across his stumps excessively and inadvertently hit the stumps with his bat, resulting in what appeared to be a hit-wicket dismissal. However, the delivery was called a no-ball by the umpire as Blatherwick had overstepped.

The Confusion:

Upon hearing the sound of the stumps being disturbed, Masood, under the impression that he was out hit-wicket, began to leave the crease. Meanwhile, Joe Root, who was at the non-striker’s end, had already set off for a run, resulting in Masood being stranded mid-pitch. The wicketkeeper seized the opportunity and threw the ball to the non-striker’s end to effect a run-out.

What does the law say

A prolonged deliberation ensued among the umpires as Masood argued that he did not attempt a run because he believed he was out hit-wicket. The umpires referred to MCC Law 31.7, which states:

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“An umpire shall intervene if satisfied that a batter, not having been given out, has left the wicket under a misapprehension of being out. The umpire intervening shall call and signal Dead ball to prevent any further action by the fielding side and shall recall the batter.”

After confirming that Masood had indeed left his crease due to the misapprehension that he was out hit-wicket, the umpires called a dead ball, thereby nullifying the run-out attempt and allowing Masood to continue his innings.

Masood went on to add three more runs to his tally before eventually being dismissed, scoring a total of 61 runs off 41 balls. Yorkshire posted a competitive total of 173/8 in their allotted 20 overs, with Joe Root contributing a solid 43 runs.

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Yorkshire’s Victory:

In response, Lancashire managed to score 166/8 despite a valiant effort by their captain Keaton Jennings, who scored a brisk 46 off 24 balls. Yorkshire’s bowlers held their nerve to secure a narrow 7-run victory. Masood was named Player of the Match for his crucial innings and leadership.

Post-Match Reactions:

Speaking after the match, Masood reflected on the unusual incident: “It was a bizarre moment. I was certain I was out hit-wicket, but thankfully the umpires made the right call based on the rules. It’s a reminder that cricket is a game full of surprises.”

Joe Root also shared his thoughts: “It was confusing for everyone involved, but credit to the umpires for handling the situation well. Shan’s innings was pivotal in setting up our total.”

This incident highlights the intricate and sometimes confusing nature of cricket’s laws. It serves as a reminder of the importance of understanding the rules, not just for the players, but for fans and officials alike. Yorkshire’s win, buoyed by Masood’s resilience and a disciplined bowling performance, keeps them in strong contention in the Vitality T20 Blast.

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In an extraordinary and confusing sequence of events during the Vitality T20 Blast match between Yorkshire and Lancashire at Leeds, Yorkshire's captain Shan Masood managed to survive both a hit-wicket and a run-out off a no-ball, thanks to a lesser-known provision of the MCC Laws of Cricket.

The Incident:

During the 15th over of Yorkshire’s innings, bowled by Lancashire's Jack Blatherwick, Masood, batting on 58, attempted a scoop shot. He moved across his stumps excessively and inadvertently hit the stumps with his bat, resulting in what appeared to be a hit-wicket dismissal. However, the delivery was called a no-ball by the umpire as Blatherwick had overstepped.

The Confusion:

Upon hearing the sound of the stumps being disturbed, Masood, under the impression that he was out hit-wicket, began to leave the crease. Meanwhile, Joe Root, who was at the non-striker’s end, had already set off for a run, resulting in Masood being stranded mid-pitch. The wicketkeeper seized the opportunity and threw the ball to the non-striker’s end to effect a run-out.

What does the law say

A prolonged deliberation ensued among the umpires as Masood argued that he did not attempt a run because he believed he was out hit-wicket. The umpires referred to MCC Law 31.7, which states:

"An umpire shall intervene if satisfied that a batter, not having been given out, has left the wicket under a misapprehension of being out. The umpire intervening shall call and signal Dead ball to prevent any further action by the fielding side and shall recall the batter."

After confirming that Masood had indeed left his crease due to the misapprehension that he was out hit-wicket, the umpires called a dead ball, thereby nullifying the run-out attempt and allowing Masood to continue his innings.

Masood went on to add three more runs to his tally before eventually being dismissed, scoring a total of 61 runs off 41 balls. Yorkshire posted a competitive total of 173/8 in their allotted 20 overs, with Joe Root contributing a solid 43 runs.

Yorkshire’s Victory:

In response, Lancashire managed to score 166/8 despite a valiant effort by their captain Keaton Jennings, who scored a brisk 46 off 24 balls. Yorkshire's bowlers held their nerve to secure a narrow 7-run victory. Masood was named Player of the Match for his crucial innings and leadership.

Post-Match Reactions:

Speaking after the match, Masood reflected on the unusual incident: "It was a bizarre moment. I was certain I was out hit-wicket, but thankfully the umpires made the right call based on the rules. It's a reminder that cricket is a game full of surprises."

Joe Root also shared his thoughts: "It was confusing for everyone involved, but credit to the umpires for handling the situation well. Shan's innings was pivotal in setting up our total."

This incident highlights the intricate and sometimes confusing nature of cricket’s laws. It serves as a reminder of the importance of understanding the rules, not just for the players, but for fans and officials alike. Yorkshire’s win, buoyed by Masood’s resilience and a disciplined bowling performance, keeps them in strong contention in the Vitality T20 Blast.

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