Ben Cutting was left red-faced in more ways than one after his failed catch against the Melbourne Renegades resulted in a bloody nose for the Brisbane Heat star during Thursday's Big Bash league meeting.
Opening batsman, Marcus Harris was left counting his remaining wishes when his skyward shot infield looked to be a routine catch, only for Cutting to spill the ball through his fingertips and into his own face.
Although he appeared to briefly gather the ball in his hands it was quickly released prompting a review into whether Harris was actually caught out.
After a delay and some confusion, the umpire adjudged that the ball was dropped and subsequently gave Harris a second opportunity at the crease. Cutting, however, would be temporarily removed from play and received five stitches by the medical team.
The Heat all-rounder was left looking more like a WWE star than a cricketer after his crimson mask rendered him useless for the following over.
The incident was reviewed several times, much to the dismay of the Heat fielder and the reprieved Harris expressed his sympathy.
"He looked pretty rattled, so hopefully he is ok. He had a bit of claret coming out of him the poor fella,” said Harris.
Cutting wasn't too beaten up by the incident and shared a rather broken smile as he left the field for his treatment.
Mark Waugh, Aussie cricket legend was commentating the game, and marvelled at the repair work.
“You can’t even see where he got hit,” Waugh said.
“They have done a great job stitching him up.”
It crowned a rotten afternoon for Brisbane afternoon as they had been bowled out for 144 earlier in the day.
Melbourne claimed their victory with 26 balls left, as Aaron Finch's side moved to fifth in the Big Bash League, with the Heat second from bottom and above the Perth Scorchers on Net Run Rate.News Now - Sport News