Lancashire’s Dane Vilas questions referee’s courage in creating dead ball

Dane Vilas questioned why Lancashire was denied the chance to say goodbye one last time in the Vitality Blast final where they should have beaten Hampshire.

When Lancashire claims four from the last ball, Nathan Ellis’ yorker shoots at the stump of Richard Gleeson’s tree but as fireworks fill the night sky, replays show the Hampshire hunter having gone out of his way.

Gleeson missed the free-kick later but he and Tom Hartley passed one and then appeared to complete the second run, enough to level the score and give Lancashire the win for its strength score. they are higher, with the party also tied in losing eight wickets.

Lancashire Lightning’s Richard Gleeson (right) looks depressed after his side lost the Vitality Blast T20 final at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA wire)

But amid the commotion, Hampshire was digging for stumps and although Vilas intervened with the umpire at the end, it was deemed a dead ball was called before the second run was complete.

Rule 20.2 states that “whether or not the ball is ultimately settled is a matter for the umpire to decide”, and while Vilas ultimately accepted what had happened, he felt the officials were a bit over the top. hurry.

“We thought the ball was still alive,” Vilas said. “There was a bit of confusion there but the referees called the ball dead as soon as they hit the striker’s tree.

“Things are going at that stage and I can’t be 100% certain of what was said, but we thought maybe we could have looked and see if there was a review or something.

Nathan Ellis (right) celebrates after his team won the Vitality Blast T20 final on Saturday (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA wire)

“But obviously there wasn’t and it ended the Hampshire way.”

When asked if the referees could give the right after a rematch, Vilas added: “We look for everything else but in the end it is their decision and their decision is final. , which we as players know and respect.”

Hampshire’s win by a lone run saw them claim their third crown as they equaled Leicestershire’s record for most domestic T20 title in England after successfully defending 152 for eight.

Regarding the uproar at the end of the game, Vince said: “They won’t run two to the keeper so I’m not sure what (Vilas) is trying to say.”

Lancashire Lightning’s Steven Croft (right) is caught behind by Ben McDermott of the Hampshire Hawks in Vitality Blast (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA wire)

Finally, Vince likes to praise his team’s never-ending spirit, having posted a total that seems to be below the clause, and even that due to a 62-of-36-ball counterattack by Ben McDermott.

Matt Parkinson took four 26 goals for Lancashire, who hit 72 ate a goal in the eighth before being restricted to spinning twins Liam Dawson and Mason Crane as they lost their regular hits before Ellis finally took them take the lead by the narrowest margin.

“The resilience and faith in the group probably comes from winning,” added Vince, who won his first semi-final in six tries by beating Somerset earlier in the day.

Lancashire’s Matt Parkinson celebrates knocking out Hampshire Hawks’ Liam Dawson (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA wire)

“You have to go through those situations a few times to build trust and not only in T20 but also in four-day cricket. We know we’re never out of the game.

“It would be easy, especially after they started, to sit back and let them cruise to victory but I don’t mean to say that, the boys had to act and they did an excellent job. .”

Hampshire’s bowlers persevered in their duties as Lancashire’s challenge dropped but Vilas was pleased with their attempt despite the failure.

“I am extremely disappointed not to lift the trophy but I am extremely proud of the boys,” added Vilas.

“It’s been a great day but it’s very, very disappointing to not be able to win when we’ve already judged ourselves well.”

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