Perth Scorchers paceman Matt Kelly was hit square in the face in an unusual field mishap as his team secured first place on the BBL ladder with an upside-down 10-run win over the Melbourne Renegades.
Kelly has doubts about starting the finals after being hit in the face by the ball while trying to collect a throwback.
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The 28-year-old was on the non-forward end when Nick Hobson’s shot deflected off Finch’s racquet and headed straight into Kelly’s face.
A bloodied Kelly was taken out of the game with a concussion.
“It was a crazy accident, something like that,” Finch said.
“I’m shocked by this … you don’t want anyone to get hurt.”
Scorchers coach Adam Voges said Kelly felt better after the game.
“He’s fine, he’s on his feet,” said Voges. “He got a small cut on his jaw.”
The Scorchers went 5-212 at Optus Stadium Sunday, thanks to strong contributions from Cameron Bancroft (95 from 50) and Stephen Eskinazi (54 from 29).
In response, the Renegades were in all sorts of trouble, needing 68 balls from their last 18 to secure victory in front of 32,259 fans.
But a notable blitz from Aaron Finch (76 none on 35 balls) and some horror drop catches by the Scorchers reduced the equation to 37 needed on 12 balls.
AJ Tye (1-63 from four overs) suffered the most pain, with Finch helping to win 31 runs from the Star Paceman’s final over.
However, Finch struggled to regain batting for the crucial final 12 balls of the game, allowing the Scorchers to sneak home.
The Renegades finished 5-202, with opener Shaun Marsh hitting 54 balls from 34 and making a successful return from a hamstring injury.
The result means Perth cannot be ousted from the top of the leaderboard and they will host the second-placed Sydney Sixers in The Qualifier next Saturday.
The winner of this match gets direct access to the grand final.
The Renegades remain in fourth place, with the top five teams advancing to the Finals.
Perth’s 0-62 4-over power play was the best of any team this season, with the Renegades paying dearly for their poor start with the ball.
Renegade’s paceman David Moody was the biggest culprit, as his ban lasted only one legal confinement.
The 27-year-old hit Bancroft in the upper ribs with a wild 90 mph throw early in the second over of the game.
Bancroft was injured in the incident but was able to scurry through for a single before taking time to recover from the hit.
A wide ball came next before Moody unleashed another full throw above waist height when Eskinazi attempted a scoop shot.
The second beamer meant Moody was barred from bowling under the rules of the game, forcing Captain Finch to bowl a reshuffle.
“He was really floored, devastated,” Finch said of Moody.
“The regulation is intended to protect against dangerous deliveries. I don’t think the second one was dangerous.
“If he had stayed in his batting stance, I don’t think it would have been anywhere near him.”
https://7news.com.au/sport/cricket/stadium-holds-its-breath-as-scorchers-star-floored-by-freak-accident-in-bbl-clash-against-renegades-c-9529718 Matthew Kelly was flattened by a “freak accident” in the BBL duel against Melbourne Renegades