Umpiring howler in County Championship leaves Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone and others in disbelief
Jordan Cox was adjudged caught despite the ball missing his bat by a fair distance.
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A shocking umpiring howler during the County Division 1 game between Kent and Hampshire has left the English cricket fraternity in disbelief. Kent batter Jordan Cox became a victim of this unbelievable error on the final afternoon of the fixture played at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury. The right-handed batter was adjudged caught despite the ball missing his bat by a fair distance.
It was the 80th over of Kent’s second innings and Cox was playing on 64. Off-spinner Felix Organ bowled a full-length delivery outside the off-stump which Cox tackled with his front foot. The ball deflected off his pads and short-leg fielder Joe Weatherley took an easy catch. In a surprising turn of events, the on-field umpire raised his finger, adjudging the ball has somehow made contact with the bat.
Here’s the video:
— LV= Insurance County Championship (@CountyChamp) April 24, 2022
Cricket world in disbelief over the umpiring howler
The clip of the dismissal went viral in no time as fans couldn’t believe at the massive error. Several prominent members of the cricket fraternity also presented their opinions on social media. “What…….how Nope,” tweeted veteran all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was in absolute shock and disbelief over the decision.
Graeme Swann, Liam Livingstone and Sam Billings are among the other renowned names to have reacted to the viral video. Meanwhile, this dismissal also triggered the debate of induction of the Decision Review System (DRS) in County matches as well.
Coming to the proceedings of the contest, Hampshire dominated the game and won by an innings and 51 runs. Kent, while batting first, posted 305 thanks to a brilliant 149 from number-three batter Daniel Bell-Drummond. In reply, Hampshire made an absolute mockery of Kent bowlers and declared their innings at 652/6, earning a lead of 347 runs.
Skipper James Vince, Liam Dawson and Ben Brown were Hampshire’s three centurions with Dawson being the highest run-scorer in the game for his 268-ball 171. Kent did show substantial fight in their second innings but were eventually bundled out for 296.
Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitter reacted to the umpiring blunder:
What…….how 🤷♂️🤷♂️🤷♂️🤷♂️ Nope https://t.co/vARf6RDo0y
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) April 24, 2022
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) April 24, 2022
HOW IS THIS OUT? IMPACT IS OUTSIDE https://t.co/m764xabtLo
— Roy | Toppest ever Red (@sroyspeaks) April 24, 2022
This is how Simon Harmer took 700 FC wickets. https://t.co/PtRglwJqU1
— email@example.com (@willpowder9009) April 24, 2022
— Liam Livingstone (@liaml4893) April 24, 2022
If that had brushed the bat then the catcher at short leg would've been appealing too. Weatherley just lies there. He knows.
— David Terry (@TheSpeccyLeccy) April 24, 2022
No way the bat is anywhere near it. Lbw as no shot played?
— Matthew Jeffrey (@go_rossi46) April 24, 2022
Look again. Looks like it may have hit the back of the bat. Not LBW as the ball would have missed a second set of stumps.
— MatthewOToole 🇺🇦🕊🇷🇺🤞🏻 (@MatthewOToole) April 24, 2022
It’s hit is pad then his shoulder. Doesn’t go anywhere near his bat.
Shockingly poor decision
— Jack Rule (@JackRuleLD) April 24, 2022
Not in a million years. Then again, if I ran the competition that employed the umpire I'm not sure I'd want to embarrass them like this… 👀
— Sam Pye (@sampye82) April 24, 2022