Nevill 'nose' little about freak BBL dismissal


Peter Nevill did not realise he had been dismissed in a bizarre incident that saw him run out via Adam Zampa's nose in the Big Bash League's latest Melbourne derby. 

Australia wicketkeeper Nevill's innings came to an end on Saturday when a straight drive from Renegades team-mate Dwayne Bravo struck his bat at the non-striker's end and then deflected onto the stumps off the nose of Stars bowler Zampa.

However, Nevill failed to notice he was out, with his primary concern the well-being of Zampa, who understandably reeled in pain after being hit in the face by the ball.

"I didn't realise," Nevill is quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. "[Umpire] Geoff Joshua had to tap me on the shoulder and say, 'by the way mate you're out.'

"My primary concern was Zamps, as soon as I'd seen what happened and the sound that it made was pretty sickening, my primary concern was how he was doing."

Zampa was aware that he had unwittingly sent Nevill back to the pavilion, but not immediately appreciative of his rival's sympathy.

The leg-spinner said: "As soon as it hit the stumps I said 'how's that, that's out'. It goes down as a direct hit, right?

 "I can't remember what he [Nevill] said, but I think I need to say sorry because he was being sympathetic and I just brushed him off.

"I've taken some strong painkillers and I'll have to see how I wake up tomorrow. I'm pretty sure it's fine.

"I don't know if I'll get an X-ray. He hit me flush and there was a bit of pain, I didn't take anything until at least an hour after but it was ok."

Zampa's team-mate Marcus Stoinis, who played a key role in the Stars' eight-wicket victory, was fielding on the boundary when the incident occurred.

"I was at long-on and it sounded bad," he added. "I didn't know it was out because it happened so quickly, but yeah he's [Zampa] alright. It was a bit disgusting to be honest.

"Peter Nevill didn't really walk, he stayed and handled it pretty well."