Cricket

SA’s Miller in catch furore

2012-08-27 10:22
Neil McKenzie (File)
Cape Town – Hard-hitting Proteas batsman David Miller made a valiant attempt to win his county, Yorkshire, the Friends Life T20 final in Cardiff at the weekend ... but his spectacular innings was also marked by controversy.

Dolphins favourite Miller, 23, smashed an unbeaten 72 to be easily Yorkshire’s best contributor as they failed by 10 runs to chase down Hampshire’s total of 150 for six.

Miller was left stranded after an eventful 46-ball stay, which included five sixes and five fours, as his side ended on 140 for eight in the English domestic T20 showpiece.

As David Hopps of Cricinfo put it: “(Hampshire) survived his cudgelling assault to win the trophy for the second time in three years ... on a slow, grabby surface.

“Quite how South Africa can overlook a batsman of such ferocious power for World Twenty20 (in Sri Lanka next month) will be hard for anybody who witnessed his innings to understand.”

Miller ended the tournament as its leading six-hitter.

But, when he had reached only seven, Hampshire thought they had snared the danger-man when Miller’s compatriot, the veteran former Test star Neil McKenzie, appeared to have caught him at short midwicket.

The incident was “sent upstairs” for TV review but the evidence was declared not conclusive enough for the left-hander to be given out.

Hampshire were reportedly irked, and McKenzie was quoted afterwards as saying: “I definitely did take it. I pride myself on being one of the more honest guys around.”

Miller has played 16 ODIs and eight T20 internationals for the Proteas, without quite managing to set the world alight; his last appearances for South Africa came in October 2011.

But it is good news for the longer term, all the same, that he appears to be fast regaining his clean-striking mojo, and he may just find himself among “standby” resources as a result for the World T20.

*Follow our chief writer on Twitter: @RobHouwing

Read more on:    david miller  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

6 impressive camping tips

Check out these great tips that will make your camping experience so much better!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Free outdoor yoga classes
Watch: 5 skills to improve your BMX riding
Action camera for all occasions
Tips on how to set your fitness goals
 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

Which cricketer is currently of most value to the Proteas' Test team?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.