Twitter on Sunday stood divided after the umpire called a wicket and then quickly changed his mind signalling not out in the BBL match between Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers. On debut for the Stars, Xavier Crone was celebrating thinking he had taken his first BBL wicket when Perth’s Ashton Turner was given out caught behind.
Umpire Bruce Oxenford nodded and raised his finger to signal Turner has edged the ball only to change his mind in a split second, repeatedly signalling it was not out.
“No sorry not out, not out, not out, no,” Oxenford said to the confused Stars players.
But many viewers believed he was influenced to change his decision because Turner immediately pointed to his head and said, “Helmet, Helmet”, signalling the ball had deflected off his helmet and not his bat.
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Oxenford explained the reasoning behind reversing the decision: “I realised the second I put the finger up. The deflection went the wrong way.”
Some also believe that the umpire should be given the benefit of doubt especially since the right call was made in the end.
One fan stated, "I don't understand why we need him if he is gonna ask players every time, have you hit with the bat, have you touched the ball. Ohh, man. This umpire really trust words of people."
Meanwhile, another fan supported the umpire's decision.
"Good umpiring. Knew he'd jumped the gun and was professional enough to not stick with a decision he knew was wrong. Having snicko would make it an interesting thought", the user wrote.
A fine half-century by Kurtis Patterson helped Perth set a target of 181 runs for Melbourne after finishing their innings at 180 for eight in 20 overs.