Dud call denies Short century
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