In a dramatic turn of events during the Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Brisbane Heat found themselves penalized for an unusual incident involving Amelia Kerr. During Match 49, Kerr’s use of a towel to catch the ball led to a five-run penalty for her team, as per MCC Law 28.2.1, which deems it illegal if a fielder uses anything other than their person to field the ball.
The bizarre moment occurred in the tenth over when Ashleigh Gardner played the ball towards long-on. Kerr, positioned in the field, collected the ball using a towel. Swiftly recognizing the breach of the law, the umpire imposed a five-run penalty on Brisbane Heat.
This lapse in judgment proved costly as Sydney Sixers capitalized on the advantage, eventually winning the match by six wickets while chasing down a target of 177 in 19.5 overs.
Amelia Kerr’s mistake overshadowed an impressive innings by Brisbane Heat in the first innings. Kerr, along with Mignon du Preez, guided their team to a total of 176/7 in the allotted 20 overs. However, Sydney Sixers’ bowlers, led by Elysse Perry with figures of 3/40 in four overs, managed to restrict the opposition. Jess Kerr also contributed with 2/20 in four overs.
In the second innings, after the dismissals of Gardner and Erin Burns, Mathilda Carmichael and Maitlan Brown played crucial roles in an unbeaten 51-run partnership for the fifth wicket, securing the victory for Sydney Sixers. The partnership ensured that the team crossed the 100-run mark, ultimately leading to their successful chase.
Despite individual performances and a competitive total by Brisbane Heat, the spotlight remained on Kerr’s unconventional move, serving as a reminder of the importance of adherence to the laws of the game. This incident added a unique twist to the Women’s Big Bash League, underscoring the unpredictable nature of cricket.