The ongoing Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley saw a bizarre wicket of Henry Nicholls fall on Day1. Jack Leech, the bowler who took the wicket, was also taken aback. The wicket came at the brink of tea on the first day of the third match of the series.
Nicholls drove the ball hard towards Leech for it to hit non-striker Daryl Mitchell‘s bat and go up in the air. Alex Lees, positioned at mid-off comfortably took the catch to dismiss the batter. A video of the same has gone viral over the internet. England Cricket Team’s official Instagram handle posted the video. “What on earth?!” read the caption.
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Reflecting on the bizarre wicket, Leech said that he had never seen anything like that before. He further admitted that he got lucky with that wicket.
“It was unbelievable, I’ve never seen anything like it. I didn’t even know if that was allowed, but I’ll take any wicket I can get. You get enough that don’t go your way. It was very unlucky for Nicholls but very lucky for me,” Leach told reporters following the first day.
As for the game, Leech got another wicket of Will Young on the first day. He ended the day with the figures of 75/2 in his spell of 30 overs. In light of the difference in his wickets and economy rate, Leach added,
“It’s a silly game, isn’t it? That’s what it made me think, it’s a stupid game we play. I like it because it says two wickets up on the board but I don’t like the dismissal.”
Meanwhile, New Zealand lost five wickets on the day1 of the final game. They managed 225 runs on the board in 90 overs. Tom Blundell and Daryl Mitchell, once again, were New Zealand’s saviors as they remained not out on 45 and 78 runs, respectively. Stuart Broad and Leech each grabbed two wickets for England, while Jamie Overton took one.