Jake Lehmann has left cricket fans searching for superlatives after appearing to invent a new shot in South Australia's clash with Tasmania in the Marsh Cup.
Tasmania opened their domestic season with a crushing eight-wicket win over South Australia on Wednesday thanks to a mammoth opening partnership between Caleb Jewell and Ben McDermott in the one-day Cup.
The pair put on 198 for the first wicket as Tasmania reached 2-221 in pursuit of South Australia's 220 to ease to a bonus-point victory with 17.1 overs to spare in Brisbane.
Despite the brutal loss for the Redbacks, middle-order batter Lehmann was the talk of the cricket world in the aftermath.
The son of former Australian Test player and coach Darren Lehmann, Jake produced an astonishing ramp over the wicket-keeper's head using the back of the bat.
While the ramp or scoop is fairly common in world cricket nowadays, it is rarely seen by a batter using the back of the bat.
Batters usually turn their wrists and guide the ball off the face of the bat, but Lehmann got even more inventive and used the back of the willow.
Fans were left stumped when called upon to name the inventive shot, with suggestions ranging from the 'backflip' to the 'Jake scoop'.
Jake's father Darren even replied on Twitter with three laughing emojis.
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) September 28, 2022
— Matt Slack (@mattslack) September 28, 2022
I reckon that should be called ‘hold on how is this allowed in Cricket’ 😂
— Fintan Daly (@Dalezzz01) September 28, 2022
The Bat flip?
— Rochana Dissanayake (@Rochana_69) September 28, 2022
— C_rusty (@C_rusty) September 28, 2022
The back stroke
— Peter Taliangis (@PeterTaliangis) September 28, 2022
— The Inglorious Basterd (@TheIngloriousB2) September 28, 2022
Are you kidding me, from the front angle i thought it was the front face of the bat 😂
— Ahmad sixth sense 🇮🇳 (@AhmadSixth) September 28, 2022
Caleb Jewell shines in Tasmania victory
Jewell punished the Redbacks bowling from the outset and reached his century off just 71 balls, eventually finishing unbeaten on 126 in a 97-ball knock.
The 25-year-old left-hander crashed 20 boundaries and a six in a career-best score.
McDermott was similarly confident in scoring 71 before he was caught on the boundary off the bowling of Ben Manenti to end his 90-ball innings.
The match was effectively over as a contest by the time McDermott was dismissed with the openers scoring at a rollicking 6.6 an over.
Off-spinner Manenti then picked up Tasmania skipper Jordan Silk for just seven as the former Tiger earned 2-44.
It was a very different experience at Allan Border Field for a South Australia side who picked up their own bonus-point win on Monday against Queensland.
Earlier, Tom Rogers starred with the ball as the Redbacks found batting a very different proposition.
The all-rounder enjoyed significant movement both off the pitch and in the air to end with career-best figures of 5-32 from 10 challenging overs.
He knocked over Jake Weatherald and Redbacks' skipper Travis Head cheaply, as well as SA top-scorer Alex Carey.
Australia's Test wicketkeeper Carey looked confident in posting a half century only to fall for 59 from 45 deliveries.
Nathan McSweeney (29), Lehmann (34) and Monday's player of the match Manenti (20) all made a contribution but the Redbacks' innings lasted just 44.1 overs.
Tasmania omitted former Test paceman Jackson Bird from the line-up head of a second game in Brisbane on Friday, this time against Queensland.
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