Watch: Controversial LBW Decision In County Cricket On Matt Parkinson's Bowling Sparks Debate
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Watch: Controversial LBW Decision In County Cricket On Matt Parkinson’s Bowling Sparks Debate

Matt Parkinson
Matt Parkinson. Image Credits: Getty Images

In a Group 3 game in the ongoing County Championship between Lancashire and Northamptonshire, Matt Parkinson, the 24-year-old leg-spinner returned with 6 wickets. One of which was of the left-handed batsman Saif Zaib in Northamptonshire’s second innings which has sparked debate amongst fans and pundits.

During the 42nd over Northamptonshire’s chase of 425 runs, Matt Parkinson ripped one leg-break from around the wicket to Saif Zaib, who was batting at 4. The ball pitched straight into the rough outside Zaib’s off-stump, and with an explosion on the surface turned big and into him. The batter moved towards the off side to cover the line of the delivery but such was the vicious turn he couldn’t get his bat anywhere near the ball, and it hit him on the pads.

Matt Parkinson
Matt Parkinson [Photo: Twitter]
The bowler and the close-in fielders went straight up in loud appeals, to which the umpire raised his finger. Zaib stood in disbelief and checked his position as he thought he was well outside off on impact – which seems correct.The batter was clearly outside the line on impact; however, the umpire gave him outside on accounting that Zaib didn’t offer a shot at the start. According to the rule, if the umpire believes that the batsman didn’t offer any shot, the impact of outside off is irrelevant and can be given out if the umpire thinks the ball will hit the stumps, and thus Zaib was given out lbw.

However, the debate which has emerged is because Zaib is seen moving his willow in an unsure attempt to play the ball; but the umpire didn’t think so. While some fans feel the shot was not offered and the umpire was correct, others opine the batter attempted to play the delivery.

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Matt Parkinson’s “Ball of the century” earns praise from Shane Warne

Shane Warne
Shane Warne (Image Credit: Twitter)

Earlier in the game, during Northamptonshire’s first innings, Matt Parkinson, who has played 2 ODIs and 2 T20Is for England, bowled a delivery which resembled that of Shane Warne’s “Ball of the Century” to dismiss Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes at the same venue, Old Trafford.

Matt Parkinson dismissed Adam Rossington with a leg-break which pitched outside leg and turned big to hit the top of the off stump, much similar to Warne’s magical delivery to Gatting. The Australian himself was impressed by it and congratulated the youngster.

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