Beth Mooney smashes Brisbane Heat to WBBL win over Hobart Hurricanes

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

"Obstructing the field is one of the more hard decisions to interpret as it is based on umpires assessing the intent of the batsman". Initially appealing for a run-out, Hobart then queried if Ross had purposely changed his line and obstructed the field, to which the third umpire agreed.

Short crashed three sixes off the final over of Hobart Hurricanes' clash with Brisbane Heat to reach 122 not out, surpassing Luke Wright's previous record of 119 - made for Melbourne Stars against the Hurricanes back in 2012 - in the process.

"From our point of view I felt frustrated with that decision, " McCullum said.

"Personally, I thought it wasn't the right decision", McCullum said.

"I don't believe it was the right decision; we're not righteous on our stance on the spirit of the game but every now and then you get a chance to stand up for the spirit of the game and I think tonight George missed an opportunity", McCullum said.

The Heat captain had long and animated discussions with Bailey after the match, both standing their ground on opposing sides of the argument.

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"We debated the philosophical merits of one another's points", McCullum said of the pair's post-match debrief. "To me it falls into the spirit of the game and I was making that point to George ... but he is quite entitled to do it differently", he added.

"He [Ross] was trying to veer away from the ball and if you look at the rules it is about wilfully obstructing the field".

Dan Christian held his nerve with the pressure on at the death, recovering after bowling a wide with the first ball a last over which cost only nine runs. I was disappointed that the appeal for upheld but I guess Hobart Hurricanes had the point. "But at the end of the day the umpires understand the rules a lot better than most and we wouldn't have a game without them".

Brisbane's Alex Ross was judged to have gotten in the way of the stumps in the three run loss to Hobart.

Vettori said he'd like to hear from third umpire Simon Lightbody who made the call, but downplayed the suggestion there would be bad blood between the two teams when they meet again on Monday.

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