Michael Klinger, Big Bash League 2018-19
Michael Klinger. (Photo by Daniel Carson/Getty Images)

In one of those comedies of errors, the seventh ball in an over, saw Michael Klinger walking back to the hut. The incident took place in the match between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers when umpire lost his count and asked the bowler to deliver the 7th ball in the over.

The veteran opener was caught near the third man boundary by Steve O’Keefe off the bowling of Ben Dwarshuis in the second over of Scorchers’ innings, slashing hard at a short delivery.

The umpires went to the third umpire to check whether the catch was taken clean. Replays showed that the fielder had his fingers underneath the ball and ‘OUT’ was shown on the big screen.

Michael Klinger, Big Bash League 2018-19
Michael Klinger (Credits – Getty)

However, both on-field umpires Geoff Joshua, Simon Fry and TV umpire Nathan Johnstone failed to realise that Dwarshuis was bowling his seventh legal delivery of the over. Klinger walked back to the dugout, having scored one from five balls, unaware of the situation.

Adam Voges, the head coach not impressed:

Klinger had to walk back, however, the incident proved inconsequential in the chase as Scorchers managed to win the game with seven balls to spare. Scorchers coach Adam Voges was not so impressed with the hiccup and slammed the umpires. He termed the incident as not so ideal one. “Obviously it’s the umpires’ jobs to count the number of balls in an over,” he said on Channel Seven.

Michael Klinger, Big Bash League 2018-19
Michael Klinger (Photo by Michael Dodge – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Batting first, Sydney Sixers posted a challenging total of 177/5 on the board with the help of Moises Henriques quickfire 21-ball 38.

Meanwhile, Matthew Kelly and Andrew Tye picked up a couple of wickets of each for Perth Scorchers. In reply, Cameron Bancroft scored a brilliant 87 off 61 deliveries combining with Turner (60 off 30 balls) to chase down the target comfortably.

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