'Never seen that': Big Bash fans stunned by rare rule drama

Andrew Reid
·4-min read
Seen here, Jack Prestwidge delivered a rare back-foot no ball to Chris Lynn in the BBL.
Chris Lynn was spared after Renegades bowler Jack Prestwidge delivered a rare back-foot no ball. Pic: Fox Sports/Getty

Brisbane Heat's Chris Lynn has capitalised on a "ridiculously rare" moment to steer his side to a five-wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash on Thursday night.

Chris Lynn rode his luck and Joe Burns provided a cool head to steer a nervous Brisbane Heat to a five-wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.

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Lynn, the competition's all-time leading run-scorer, was dropped twice before notching his half century, but it was a rare rules controversy in the 11th over that left viewers particularly stunned.

Melbourne's Shaun Marsh looked to have caught Lynn out for 35 when the Heat batsman skied a shot back over bowler Jack Prestwidge's head.

However, replays showed the Heat bowler getting his run-up slightly wrong as he was pinged for a rare back-foot no-ball, meaning the wicket did not count.

“Hang on, your back foot isn’t allowed to touch that side line,” Brett Lee said in commentary as fans remarked about the bizarre turn of events.

While he didn't fully cash-in, Lynn (50) combined with Joe Denly (31) to put Brisbane in a strong position in front of empty stands in Canberra before the former's wicket sparked a mini-collapse.

The Heat lost 4-12 inside three overs, but axed Test opener Burns hit 31 not out off 15 balls to guide them safely to 5-150, hauling in the victory target with eight balls to spare.

Renegades stuck on bottom of table

The result moved the fifth-placed Heat level on points with Perth - third with a game in hand - and Adelaide, who occupy fourth spot on net run rate.

The Renegades remain rooted to the foot of the table after their high-profile batsmen failed to fire in a total of 6-149.

Shaun Marsh returned after missing the previous two matches for the birth of his third child, but lasted just one ball when he was trapped lbw by Xavier Bartlett in the first over.

Aaron Finch fell in similar fashion to Jack Wildermuth for just 13, marking the seventh time in nine innings this season the Renegades and Australia T20 captain has failed to score more than 20.

His growing frustration was clear as he trudged away from the wicket, and again in his post-match assessment of a "sloppy" team performance.

"We keep dropping good players, giving them opportunities, and they're going to make you pay," Finch told the Seven Network.

"It's disappointing (that there are) things in our control that we're not taking care of.

"At times in T20 cricket things can go against you, but you've still got to do the basics well and we're just not doing that with bat or ball."

Pictured here, Chris Lynn blasts a ball from the Renegades towards the boundary.
Lynn's lucky half century guided the Heat to a five-wicket win over the Renegades. Pic: Getty

Bartlett (1-2) was replaced by Morne Morkel as the Heat's X-factor and the South Africa pace legend took 1-29 from four overs in his comeback after ankle surgery.

Jake Fraser-McGurk (40) and Beau Webster (50 not out) helped steady the Renegades with a 58-run partnership through the middle overs, but it wasn't enough.

The Heat lost Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman to international duty this week but left-armer Matthew Kuhnemann (1-15) filled in superbly with four tight overs.

Mark Steketee (2-24) continued his strong form, joining Perth's Jhye Richardson at the top of the BBL wicket-takers list with 18 for the season.

with AAP

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