Mitch Marsh’s face said everything, so the almighty spray that followed a questionable 12th over dismissal was just for fun.
The start to the Scorchers’ innings in their Qualifier final against top-of-the-table Sydney Sixers went from bad to worse when their local star in Marsh was given out following another controversial umpire decision.
A phantom knick from a Steve O’Keefe delivery sent the former Australia all-rounder back to the pavilion on just two runs despite daylight between bat and ball in the replay.
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Initial disbelief was followed by an all-out chorus of frustration, the decision placing further pressure on the BBL’s decision to not have DRS in Big Bash matches this season.
“I think he missed that by a fair way,” Commentator Mark Waugh said.
Fellow commentator Adam Gilchrist expects Marsh to be “a bit lighter in the pocket” after his outburst.
Marsh yelled a few choice words after his five-ball knock of two, State teammate Josh Philippe taking a sharp leg-side catch.
Teammate Andrew Tye had a similar howler earlier this season, dismissed by the umpire despite nearly a foot between bat and ball.
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The Scorchers rallied at Manuka Oval on the back of wicketkeeper Josh Inglis’ classy 69-run knock helped Perth finish on 6 for 167 before Sydney went in to bat.