Mitch Marsh was left cursing the absence of the Decision Review System as the Perth Scorchers posted a total of 6-167 in their Big Bash League qualifying final against the Sydney Sixers.
Marsh failed to hide his disbelief and rage at Manuka Oval after being judged caught behind in the 13th over.
The allrounder appeared to swear, slapped his pad with his bat then shot a dirty look at standing umpire Sam Nogajski.
The incident could result in Marsh being booked for dissent but has also reignited debate over BBL sides’ inability to refer umpiring decisions.
Big Bash boss Alistair Dobson has already flagged that a review system, which isn’t used because of the additional cost, is likely to be introduced next season.
That will be little comfort for Perth after Marsh was wrongly given out on two, especially if the Sixers haul in the target of 168.
Saturday night’s winner will advance to a home final in seven days, while the loser will host Thursday’s semi-final.
The Scorchers took the power surge and belted 22 runs off an eventful 16th over, when Josh Inglis and Ashton Turner clattered Sean Abbott all over the park.
Wicketkeeper Josh Philippe, whose enthusiastic appeal helped Steve O’Keefe dismiss Marsh, dropped a swirling skied edge at the end of the over.
Inglis made the most of the reprieve on 40, finishing 69 not out.
Jordan Silk lived up to his reputation as one of the BBL’s best fielders, calmly pocketing catches on the rope to remove dangerous batsmen Turner (33) and Colin Munro (30).
The Sixers fired out Englishmen Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone in the opening six overs, reducing Perth to 2-39.
Perth’s third import, clean-hitting Kiwi Munro, looked set for a big knock but went down swinging at Jackson Bird while attempting to lift the run-rate.