Dud call de­nies Short cen­tury

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Those four runs proved the dif­fer­ence in the left-han­der blaz­ing an­other triple fig­ure score when he could man­age only a sin­gle off the last ball of the in­nings.

Af­ter­wards, a gra­cious Short said of the um­pire: “He’s got a de­ci­sion to make quickly and that’s the de­ci­sion he made,” he said. “So I can’t be an­gry at him.”

It wasn’t the only bla­tant er­ror from the of­fi­cials in the in­nings, with Tas­ma­nian spear­head Jack­son Bird called for a front foot noball to gift Short a free hit in the 13th over when his heel was clearly be­hind the line.

De­spite the in­di­vid­ual dis­ap­point­ment, Short’s per­fectly paced knock put the vis­i­tors into a dom­i­nant po­si­tion.

After the bat­ting pow­er­play Short had just 13 runs from as many de­liv­er­ies _ his low­est in­di­vid­ual tally at that stage all tour­na­ment when still at the crease _ but when he launched Liam Bowe straight down the ground for six in the next over it kick started him into ac­tion.

He fin­ished with eight bound­aries and four sixes, be­com­ing the sec­ond fastest to reach 50 sixes in the BBL (26 in­nings) be­hind Chris Gayle (22), while eight less than noted blaster Chris Lynn.

A 95-run open­ing union with Wade (41) and 47-run stand with Ben McDer­mott (27 not out) book­ended the in­nings, be­fore the in­creas­ingly im­pres­sive quick Ri­ley Mered­ith (4-21) led the bowl­ing charge, as­sisted by Jo­han Botha and Jofra Archer, who chipped in with two apiece

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