Lewis Gregory is the most thankful man in the Big Bash following last night’s epic contest between the Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes.
Gregory was unfortunately on the wrong side of the thriller that ended in a centimetre perfect run out on the final ball of the Heat’s innings, leaving them one run short of sending it into a super over.
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The chaotic and nerve-racking finish to the contest overshadowed a moment from earlier in the clash that Gregory would have been happy about being forgotten.
With Hurricanes power hitter Tim David at the crease, Gregory tried to keep the ball as far away from his willow as he could. With what would have been the fifth ball of the over Gregory was called for a wide.
The next ball was sent miles over his head and into the upper deck at the Gabba. Gregory again tried to go wide, but he was wildly off target.
Gregory appeared to slip as he delivered the ball which sent it way off the pitch and landing on the practice wicket, David could do nothing but watch on as Heat skipper Jimmy Peirson chased the wayward ball down.
You can watch the horror delivery in the video player above
“Lewis Gregory with a Harmison special,” Rick Eyre tweeted.
“Lewis Gregory just missed the cut strip in the BBL. Oh my,” Jack Mendel wrote.
One Twitter user made the unfortunate link between Gregory’s delivery and that of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard.
“Lewis Gregory or John Howard,” the user wrote.
Gregory slumped onto the pitch and sat there laughing as the umpire strolled over to make sure he was fine before delivering the bad news his poor ball was a no-ball and the Hurricanes had a free hit.
“That is the most remarkable delivery of BBL10. He‘s fallen over and missed the cut stuff!” Fox Cricket commentator Mark Howard said.
“The off-cutter just went wrong.”
Mike Hussey added: “The umpire‘s come up to him and asked, ’Are you okay mate? By the way, it’s a no-ball free hit’”.
David decided to pour salt into the wound by clubbing the final ball of the eventful over back into the stands, leaving Gregory once again to simply watch on.
Chasing 151 for victory on Wednesday evening, the Heat found themselves needing two runs from the final delivery to secure a win.
Hurricanes paceman Scott Boland delivered a low full toss, which Mark Steketee slapped into the covers and promptly sprinted through for a quick single.
It was stopped by South African international Colin Ingram, who struck the wickets at the non-striker’s end with a direct hit.
The decision went upstairs to the third umpire, and replays showed that Steketee’s bat had bounced as the stumps were dismantled.
The untimely bounce meant Steketee had been run out, and the Hurricanes had secured a nailbiting one-run victory.
A chorus of boos echoed around the Gabba when the verdict appeared on the big screen and the baffled Hobart players celebrated in the middle.