Comedy of errors witnessed as South Australia fielders mess up relay catch

Comedy of errors witnessed as South Australia fielders mess up relay catch

Michael Neser was awarded six runs in the goof-up.

South Australia fielders
South Australia fielders. (Photo Source: Twitter/Fox Cricket)

A comedy of error was witnessed during the recently-concluded match between South Australia and Queensland in the Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2021-22. The day belonged to Travis Head as the South Australian dasher smashed a blistering double century and took his side to a 67-run triumph at the Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide. While Head unleashed mayhem with the bat, he gave his best while fielding as well.

During the 37th over of Queensland’s innings, the southpaw tried to pull off an astonishing relay catch but it turned out to be a comedy of errors. Michael Neser, the on-strike batter, smashed Brendan Doggett for a big hit towards the deep square leg region. Head, while running towards the boundary rope, managed to catch the ball within the fielding area. However, he couldn’t stop himself from going over the ropes.

Travis head couldn’t pull off a stunner

In order to effect the dismissal, he tried passing the ball to another fielder before crossing the ropes. However, he couldn’t do that as he juggled the ball in the area outside the rope. Nathan McAndrew then came into the picture and crossed the boundary in order to juggle the ball in the field while he’s in the air. Although he didn’t touch the ground while being in contact with the ball, such saves aren’t legitimate.

The third fielder near the ropes didn’t look much interested in completing the catch and he collected the ball while being over the ropes and simply passed it back to the bowler. As a result, Neser was awarded six runs. While one has seen several jaw-dropping relay catches over the years, this effort tickled the funny bones of fans and subsequently, the video got viral in no time.

Speaking of the game, South Australia, while batting first, posted 391/8. While Head slammed 230 off 127 deliveries, Jake Weatherald slammed a well-paced 97. Chasing 392, Queensland looked in the hunt for the best part as contributions came in from most of the players. The likes of Sam Heazlett, Matt Renshaw, and Michael Neser slammed brilliant half-centuries. However, their efforts went in vain as Queensland suffered a 67-run defeat.