WATCH: Brisbane Heat in WBBL, become first team to face 5-run penalty after new catching rules from cricket's governing body

The incident happened during the 49th match of the ongoing Women's Big Bash League 2023, between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers where umpires imposed this penalty.

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Women's Big Bash League 2023 (File Photo: Twitter)

Women's Big Bash League 2023 (File Photo: Twitter)

Sydney Sixers Women and Brisbane Heat Women locked horns in the 49th match of the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League 2023. Both teams played this match at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane. The visiting skipper Ellyse Perry won the toss and asked Brisbane to bat first. Batting first, Heat posted a decent total of 176 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the allotted 20 overs.

Meanwhile, the cricket fans also saw a controversial turnaround of events during the second innings of the match when Sydney Sixers were chasing the target. Star Brisbane all-rounder Amelia Kerr happened to catch the ball with the towel in her hand during the 10th over of the second innings, which was considered a foul play according to the recently amended rules by Cricket’s Governing Body. It happened just on the second ball of the 10th over when the Sixers had scored 74 runs for the loss of 2 wickets.

As a result of this catch taken by Amelia Kerr, the umpire immediately imposed a five-run penalty over Sydney Sixers and awarded those 5 runs to Brisbane Heat. The video of this particular moment is also making rounds on social media as the Heat became the first team to face this penalty after the fresh amendment in the rules.

Here’s the video:


The new rules state that “No fielder other than the wicket-keeper shall be permitted to wear gloves or external leg guards.  In addition, protection for the hand or fingers may be worn only with the consent of the umpires.”

“If a fielder uses his/her clothing with his/her hands and uses this to field the ball", then the umpire shall "award 5 Penalty runs to the batting side,” the rules add further.

Speaking of the action of the Match, Sydney Sixers chased down the target in 19.5 overs, scoring 177  runs for the loss of 4 wickets and won the match by 6 wickets; skipper Ellyse Perry won the ‘Player of the Match award for her all-round performance.

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