“We could have bowled to someone else if we wanted to – there’s nothing to stop it. It doesn’t happen often. We know Carlos is a great striker of a cricket ball, so it’s a big decision but I think that most people make these decisions instinctively, and he clearly felt he would let someone else go.”
The final over cost 18 runs, although Hahn (batting at No. 6) was not faced: Chris Benjamin was dismissed on the second ball, four on the first ball, before Alex Davis scored at No. 7. He hit a six, two fours and a four and ended on an unbeaten 14 off four balls.
“The rule is there and so I think it’s fair to use it. People comment about it, that and others. But for me, when Carlos is gone, it’s not a problem.”
Peter Moores, Nottinghamshire coach
In the run chase, Brathwaite conceded only eight runs in the final over and Notts needed 15 off the last ball, an equation that turned into a final-ball six to win. Craig Miles bowled a high full toss which Patel only bowled to the leg side for a single and the Bears began to celebrate, only to see that it was given as a no-ball for the height.
Back on strike with Tom Moores left to win three (a no-ball is worth two runs in English domestic cricket instead of normal) and Patel, at the non-striker’s end, went on to be replaced by Harrison, A fast runner. He charged for one but Moores could only dig a Miles yorker for extra cover, leading to a one-run win for the Bears.
“Calvin was still in the dressing room because he wasn’t on the next ball and had no relevance with the six off the last ball,” explained Peter Moores, “but with the no-ball, Alex Hales walked out onto the balcony and looked pour more on me [Christian, Notts’ captain] And we nodded and signaled for Calvin.
“The committee realized what was going on and we turned it around. Kelvin has had a few years on the committee and we know an extra yard is enough when it comes to run outs. That made sense at the time. It was a quirk in the rules, but it made sense at the time.”
When he found himself off strike with two runs required before the final ball, he was replaced by a perfectly fit batsman in Jay Lenton; While Silk was officially retired hurt, due to his injury, the situation was effectively the same as at Edgbaston. Incidentally, Christian was in the dugout of the batting side on both occasions.
“It’s one of those quirks that you can really only see them getting used to the shorter formats because otherwise the wickets are very valuable,” Moores said. “It has to be a unique set of conditions and a short game like this has a higher chance of being thrown in than a full T20 game. I don’t think we’re going to see much of it because I don’t think the circumstances Too often these are going to happen in such a way that it looks like there is going to be a competitive advantage.
“The rule is there and so I think it’s fair to use it. People comment about it, he and others. But for me, when Carlos is gone, it’s not a problem. I don’t think it will.” A lot of times. If that’s going to happen, it’s really going to be in those small games because otherwise people value a lot.”
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98