Controversial return for AB

2011-11-06 14:44

Benoni - Proteas limited overs captain AB de Villiers made a controversial return to the crease when he was dismissed for obstructing the field in a domestic cricket match in Benoni on Sunday.

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De Villiers, playing his first game in six weeks after recovering from a broken hand, made 12 runs for the Titans in their 1 Day Cup game against the Knights.

After taking a run, De Villiers held his line, and Ryan McLaren missed with his attempt at the wickets.

Following some enthusiastic appeals by the Knights player, umpire Lubalalo Gcuma ruled that De Villiers was in the wrong, and sent him back to the change rooms.

Tail-ender Rowan Richards was also dismissed for obstructing the field as the Titans were bundled out by the visitors for 157 runs in 38.4 overs.

The Knights need 158 runs to secure their first win of the competition.


  • comurray - 2011-11-06 15:19

    I personally don't think it was AB's fault as the bowler would have missed the stumps anyway. It's an underhand way of dismissing a dangerous batsman.

      Riaan - 2011-11-07 11:11

      Watch out Aus batsmen... LOL

  • chrisna3 - 2011-11-06 15:33

    It's a silly rule that the ICC should rethink...

      hector.cowen - 2011-11-06 15:52

      What rethink and then have all and sundry obstructing a possible runout?

  • henricus.j.engelbrecht - 2011-11-06 15:40

    I agree, it is a silly rule, AB held his line and was dismissed for it ? Should he have gotten out of the way and risk being run out ? Do we have a Bryce Lawrence in cricket now ?

      Werner - 2011-11-07 08:22

      Am I wrong in saying that batsmen have always been protecting the wickets they run to, by obstructing the fielder's aim? I've never seen this penalised in any way, what's changed?

      mfrater - 2011-11-07 10:41

      @Werner, the rules have changed. Google new ICC rules ;)

  • Michael - 2011-11-06 15:53

    This is another case of too many rules,too many chiefs and not enough thought to the players and supporters, whom without... we have NO sport... dummies !!!!!! Whodowe pay to watch... ???????????

  • njdeklerk - 2011-11-06 16:07

    As far as i understand the rule in Cricket now is that the batsman is allowed to hold his line, but NOT allowed to veer of course to deliberately run between the fielder and the stumps (as many previously did). match is not on TV, so don't know if it was right or wrong call by umpire.

  • wehries - 2011-11-06 16:20

    Cricket is such a cheating game, it's not even funny anymore!

  • Lukas - 2011-11-06 16:45

    The greatest shame is that AB was now deprived of much needed batting practice before Wednesday's test !!! Maybe Gcuma (the umpire) has Aussie connections ...

  • Zion - 2011-11-06 16:59

    Oh, no John, No John No.John No. Some of you guys really have it in for my sanity I must admit. We thought B. Lawrence and Joubert disappeared into obscurity and now another nasty ref, judge, or umpire sticks out his nasty head to taunt South Africans in their hour of agony. Let us take hands and select a week and call it referee week and pay homage to those who try to make something out of the rules. Let us assume every adjudicator knows a teeny bit more about the game than what we as individuals know. Let us admit too that most of us have been wrong some time or other and the adjudicator may also have wandered off the path of righteousness now and again. Let us be tolerant and men. Dammit, ok, women too.

  • Ian - 2011-11-07 10:04

    these new icc laws are beyond pathetic

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