Perth Scorchers allrounder Ashton Turner says he isn’t 100 per cent sure whether he touched the rope or not during his remarkable boundary-line effort that resulted in the crucial wicket of George Bailey at Blundstone Arena.
Turner pulled off a stunning catch-and-flick combination on the boundary to send Hobart Hurricanes star Bailey on his way for 10 during the Scorchers’ crucial KFC Big Bash win on Saturday, picking out teammate Tim Bresnan who safely completed the catch.
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But the Scorchers – and Bailey – were forced to endure a lengthy wait while the third umpire reviewed the footage, unsure whether Turner’s foot may have brushed the rope.
“It’s all a bit of a blur and I don’t know if I touched the rope or not,” Turner told bigbash.com.au.
“I thought I was a long way away from the rope, but the replays made it look quite close.
“I haven’t had a good look at it yet, but I thought I was comfortably in.”
Bailey had been close to leaving the arena before replays showed just how close Turner was to the rope and the allrounder said the longer the decision took, the more nervous he felt.
“I stuffed (a catch) up a few overs before, so I was feeling a bit nervous and I was copping it from the crowd," he said.
“With all the third umpire decisions, the longer they take the more you think it’s going to go the way of the batter.
“I was confident but when they keep playing replay (on the big screen), I started to doubt myself a bit.
“But it was nice to get George out, he’s obviously a world-class player.”
Despite his brilliant display of athleticism, Turner won’t get the credit for the catch.
But the 23-year-old says he isn’t going to hold that against England import Bresnan.
“It’s a team game," he added. "We got the win and at the end of the day George was out and I was pretty pleased with that.”
Turner later produced some fireworks with the bat, launching a big six into the Blundstone Arena crowd from the first ball he faced en route to a seven-ball 16no.
It helped the Scorchers chase the required total in 13.5 overs, handing them a sufficient net run rate boost to cement a home semi-final.
“We play well at the WACA and it suits the guys," Turner said. "To have a home crowd for the semi-final, I’m looking forward to it.”