Greg Blewett savages Jake Weatherald as cricket world stunned by horror BBL moment

The Adelaide Strikers got away with one against the Sydney Thunder after an embarrassing blunder.

Greg Blewett and Jake Weatherald during the BBL.
Greg Blewett was among the many to take aim at Jake Weatherald over the incident in the BBL. Image: Channel 7/Getty

Jake Weatherald is copping it around the cricket world after a diabolical dismissal in the Adelaide Strikers' win over the Sydney Thunder in the BBL on Tuesday night. Matt Short produced a brilliant knock and Adam Hose finished it at the death as the Strikers scored a thrilling six-wicket win at Adelaide Oval.

After Cameron Bancroft made 74 to anchor the Thunder to 7-200 while batting first, Short led the reply with 82 before Hose (28 not out off nine balls) secured victory with two deliveries remaining. The thrilling victory came as a huge relief for Weatherald, whose dismissal threatened to derail the Strikers' chase.

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The left-hander was run out in farcical fashion when he inexplicably decided not to slide his bat while attempting a quick single. Zaman Khan produced a brilliant slide and throw off his own bowling to produce a direct hit, but it looked as though Weatherald completely gave up.

He stopped running hard and cruised towards the crease, failing to ground his bat at all. He was found well short of his ground in embarrassing scenes.

"That's the worst piece of cricket I've ever seen," Greg Blewett said in commentary for Channel 7. "What is going on? He just needs to casually put his bat down."

Jake Weatherald, pictured here in the BBL.
Jake Weatherald didn't ground his bat as Zaman Khan threw down the stumps. Image: Channel 7

Callum Ferguson added: "Coaching staff won't be happy with that. You felt like Weatherald was going to get home. That's lazy cricket. Jake Weatherald will not want to see this too many times again."

On Fox Cricket, Brendon Julian said: "Why has he not put the bat in? That is ridiculous. Why would he not put his bat down?" Fans were equally as perplexed, describing Weatherald's effort as "pathetic" and "dumb".

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Short smashed six sixes in his 41-ball knock, and put on 139 with unrelated namesake D'Arcy Short (66) for the first wicket. The hosts were in firm control before skipper Matt Short's departure led to the scoring rate slowing down.

Chris Lynn made 14 off 17 and was uncharacteristically subdued as the asking rate escalated to 35 required from the last three overs. But Hose kept his cool, striking three boundaries off Nathan McAndrew in the 19th over before going 4-2-6 off Zaman in the 20th.

"It was a really true wicket and chasing 200 is always on the cards here," Matt Short said. "Playing for Australia and different tournaments around the world the last 12 months, I definitely feel confident."

Bancroft earlier knock continued to press his claims for higher honours. The former Test opener is hoping to win a recall when David Warner calls it quits next month.

"When you put 200 on the board, you feel like you've got enough runs," Bancroft said. "We had short, sharp, quick partnerships but didn't quite have the partnerships that went the distance.

"I've said many times it would be an honour to represent my country again. Like all players, you dream of playing for Australia and I'd love to do that again. It's something I don't have control over now. I'll keep enjoying my cricket and I'm sure the fruits of that may happen in the future and will take care of itself."

with AAP

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