Aussie Bryce Street’s controversial run for Frinton on Sea is under cricket laws

A rising Australian cricket star has found himself in the middle of fierce debate after chasing a rival under bizarre circumstances.

Queensland and Australia A Bryce Street representative is spending the Australian winter in England, playing for East Anglia Premier League side Frinton on Sea.

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On Saturday, Street was playing with his medium right-arm pacers as Saffron Walden moved up to 1/117. After Alex Peirson blocked a ball to Street, he began to return to his mark, only to find non-striker Nikhil Gorantla leaning his bat out of his crease.

Street threw the ball at the stumps, appealed, and the ref gave Gorantla.

Gorantla seemed to put his bat over the line before raising it again, as the run happened.

The batter had no choice but to accept the umpire’s decision, fired for 32.

It was only the beginning of the drama. A video of the incident released by the East Anglia Premier League has been deleted as questions were raised by bewildered fans.

Although not a good look, the act is legal under the laws of cricket, as many issues are at the discretion of the umpire.

One of the issues people had with the incident was that the ball was dead. Law 20.1.1 states: “The ball becomes dead when it is finally placed in the hands of the wicket-keeper or the thrower.”

But Law 20.1.2 adds: “The ball is considered dead when it is clear to the umpire on the pitching side that the fielding team and both batters at the wicket have ceased to consider it in play.”

Law 20.2 continues: “Whether the ball is ultimately settled or not is for the umpire alone to decide.”

It looked comfortable in his hand. Picture: YouTubeSource: YouTube
Bring your bat over the line. Picture: YouTubeSource: YouTube
Street got the wicket. Picture: YouTubeSource: YouTube

Others believe he should have been the victim of a fault under the “false faceoff” of Law 41, which deals with foul play.

Law 41.5 states, “It is unfair for a fielder to deliberately attempt by word or deed to distract, deceive, or obstruct either batter after the offensive player has received the ball.

“It is up to either referee to decide whether a distraction, deception or obstruction is intentional or not.”

Asked about the incident on Twitter, MCC Laws of Cricket adviser Jonny Singer said that while it was legal, it might not be true.

“Whether the ball is ultimately settled is up to the bowler’s final umpire. He decided it wasn’t, so it’s not. I would have come to a different point of view, but I wasn’t on the court,” Singer said.

Wickets fell steadily from there and Saffron Walden was all for 218, with Street taking 4/49 from 18 overs.

The wicket was key as earlier this summer Gorantla had reached a century and a double century for Essex’s second XI.

Street also scored 101 off 106 balls in a superb all-around performance, but it was overshadowed by his controversial act.

Street played 26 first-class games, totaling 1,500 carries at an average of 36.58.

He is under contract again for Queensland in the 2022-23 Australian domestic season.

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