Source – The Telegraph
It was the greatest victory in the history of England’s one-day team – but Eoin Morgan’s side should have fallen one run short in their dramatic World Cup run-chase against New Zealand, the Telegraph reported today.
One of the key moments in England’s innings came off the third-to-last ball from Trent Boult, when Ben Stokes accidentally deflected a throw from Martin Guptill to the boundary as he desperately tried to complete a second run.
It meant England were awarded six runs in total – two for the runs completed by Stokes and his partner Adil Rashid, and four for the overthrow. It reduced England’s target to three runs off two balls, with the hosts going on to tie the match and ultimately win on a super over.
But it has now emerged that England should only have been awarded five runs off that dramatic delivery from Boult.
MCC Rule 19:8 states that, in the event of an overthrow, the runs scored are the allowance for the boundary and “the runs completed by the batsmen, together with the run in progress if they had already crossed at the instant of the throw or act.”
As the picture above shows, however, Stokes and Rashid had not crossed when Guptill threw in from the boundary edge, meaning England were erroneously given one extra run by umpires Marais Erasmus and Kumar Dharmasena.
“It’s a clear mistake, it’s an error of judgment,” said former international umpire Simon Taufel, in an interview with Fox Sports Australia. “In the heat of what was going on, they thought there was a good chance the batsmen had crossed at the instant of the throw. Obviously TV replays showed otherwise.
“The difficulty umpires have here is you’ve got to watch batsmen completing runs, then change focus and watch for the ball being picked up, and watch for the release of the throw.”