Adelaide Strikers bowler Billy Stanlake suffered a hilariously misfortunate run-out against Sydney Thunder at Spotless Stadium on Sunday.
The 24-year-old fast bowler was called through for a quick single by teammate Liam O’Connor, when the giant Australian felt the pressure and lunged somewhat prematurely for the crease, before losing grip of his bat which had plugged in the soft turf next to the wicket.
With no bat in-hand and time against him before Stanlake lengthened his stride and jolted his head forward similar to a professional sprinter, in hopes of gaining an extra centimetre or two and saving his wicket.
Unfortunately for the 6ft 4inch seamer, slow-motion replays showed him hovering mid-air when the bails were whipped off by Thunder wicketkeeper Jay Lenton, capping off a dominant 71-run win for the Sydney based outfit.
The incident left commentators Adam Gilchrist, Mark Waugh and Kerry O’Keefe in hysterics on air, with the latter bellowing: “His head was five yards in!”
Batting first, Sydney Thunder scored 168/6 in their allotted 20 overs. Skipper Shane Watson was the star of the day for the hosts as he scored 68 off just 40 deliveries. His innings included four boundaries and five huge sixes.
Adelaide Strikers couldn’t have got off to a worse start, with openers Jake Weatherald and Matthew Short dismissed for just 18. Colin Munro held the innings together from one end but the visitors could not handle the immaculate bowling from 20-year-old off-spinner Arjur Nair.
Stanlake made just one run, to go with bowling figures of 2-31, but at least he gave everyone a good laugh in a somewhat bizarre ending - see below.