It’s two from two for Mason Crane’s Hampshire in The Cricketer Quarantine Cup.
After beating Ricardo Vasconcelos’ Northants in his first game, Mason overwhelmed Jamie Porter’s Essex last night.
Mason’s gaming skills are quickly making him one of the favourites to lift the cup.
It was not a straightforward win. Batting first, Hampshire, lost 3 wickets in the second over. Mason steadied his nerves and took the team to 64-4 in their allotted five overs.
Essex came out all guns blazing. Yet, two tight overs from Nathan Lyon and Mason turned off the runs and gave Hampshire the edge.
Requiring 40 off the final two overs, Porter’s Essex hit out with one wicket remaining. Unfortunately, his run chase ended in complete farce.
Dan Lawrence, under Porter’s control, was left out of his crease after swinging and missing at a ball from Fidel Edwards. The ball nestling into the wicket-keeper’s gloves.
Then came pure comedy gold.
Lawrence remained outside his crease as Mason swooped. His virtual prey appearing startled as the ball was thrown, dislodging the bails.
The umpire with a slight smirk, took the decision upstairs.
The replay showed Lawrence, stiffly shuffling towards his crease, as if impersonating the walk of a Thunderbirds character. Inexplicably, Lawrence then stopped short and was seen diligently watching the bails hit the turf.
The decision was out.
Falling foul of the “five out all out rule,” the Essex innings closed on 38-5. Mason’s Hampshire winning the game by 23 runs.
Mason’s next game vs. Gloucestershire will be shown at 5.00 pm (BST) on Sunday 19 April on The Cricketer YouTube Channel. Don’t forget to set The Reminder.
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