Cricket’s official lawmakers have given Tim Paine’s controversial Sheffield Shield stumping the tick of approval.
The Aussie Test captain sparked furious debate on Tuesday in Tasmania’s clash with NSW with his dismissal of Nick Larkin.
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Standing back to fast bowler Gabe Bell, Paine noticed Larkin was standing slightly outside his crease.
After Larkin played and missed at a delivery, Paine took an underarm shy at the stumps and hit them.
Larkin hadn’t made it back into his crease and was therefore given out stumped.
Because he hadn’t attempted a run, the NSW batsman was stumped rather than runout.
While some fans felt Paine’s actions were against the spirit of cricket and likened the dismissal to the infamous Mankad, the MCC didn’t have such issue.
The Marylebone Cricket Club - the owners of Lord’s and the game’s official lawmakers - delivered their verdict on Wednesday, ruling Paine’s actions completely legitimate.
“A fair dismissal under Law 39 (Stumped),” the MCC tweeted, praising Paine’s “sharp work”
“All requirements of the Law are met, namely it’s not a No ball, the ball touched no fielder except Paine, who put the wicket down while the striker was not attempting a run.”
Larkin, on 161 at the time, fell 14 runs short of his highest score in first-class cricket.
Some fans took umbrage with Paine’s actions, while others had absolutely no issue with the mode of dismissal.
Brilliant work by Tim Paine. https://t.co/8jsvPPFiNb
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) November 10, 2020
Nothing wrong with this by Tim Paine, if he stood up to the stumps to Gabe Bell. Just poor batting from Nick Larkin who was batting well for NSW. Not a mankad as a mankad is a before the ball was released #NSWvTAS #SheffieldShield https://t.co/JrZhZPOxdF
— Scot Munroe (@scot_munroe) November 10, 2020
Don’t see anything wrong with this. Different to a mankad. Ball had been bowled. It’s simply a run out and a very smart move by Tim Paine. Very unfortunate for Nick Larkin. https://t.co/mwQaxDrXOv
— Jordan (@jordannoon) November 10, 2020
This is worse than a mankad. Ball is certainly ‘deader’.
I love mankads, so if we are allowed this kind of nonsense let’s open it all up https://t.co/wz0wtyhd0l
— Chris Williams (@chris_willo) November 10, 2020
Looks like some kind of reverse-mankad to me. Should have definitely warned him that he was out of his ground. https://t.co/cHw1OrN4gr
— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) November 10, 2020
I’d pencil them both under fair, but I do like how this kind of thing is called “game awareness” and mankads are “poor sportsmanship”
Mankads are wrongly stigmatised, and the mankad name itself is part of the reason.
— Tom Carpenter (@Carpo34) November 10, 2020
Disgusting look for cricket imo. Keeper should keep up to the stumps to get the stumping.
Batsman played and missed, looking at deck where ball bounced, no attempt to run. Should the ball not be dead?
— sammy laffan (@sammylaff) November 10, 2020
NSW on verge of incredible comeback win
NSW have orchestrated one of the more stunning turnarounds in recent Sheffield Shield history to be headed towards an unlikely win.
Embarrassed after being bowled out for just 64 in their first innings, the Blues savaged the Tigers attack when they batted again, declaring on 6-522 late on Tuesday.
In response, Tasmania were already in deep trouble, losing both openers to be 2-26 at stumps with a further 322 runs required for victory.
The signs were there early for NSW with Larkin and Moises Henriques (113) already in good form on Monday, the pair going on to register a 253-run partnership.
Henriques’ departure prompted a mini-collapse, the Tigers picking up 4-37 including the bizarre wicket of Larkin.
But thoughts of a rattling through the long NSW tail were soon put to bed as Sean Abbott (102 not out) scored his maiden first-class ton and fellow quick Mitchell Starc (86 no) almost joined him.
Abbott and Starc may have been a little gassed after their batting exploits so it was left to Trent Copeland to do the damage when Tasmania took to the crease.
Copeland (2-7) had Charlie Wakim (0) and Jordan Silk (16) both out with Test batsman Matthew Wade (7 no) and nightwatchman Peter Siddle (3 no) left to see out the day in fading light.
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