Australia quick bowler Heather Graham picked up one of the more bizarre wickets you’ll ever see in a cricket match.
During Thursday’s clash between a Governor-General’s XI and New Zealand, Katie Perkins drove down the ground from Graham’s bowling.
New Zealand were sitting pretty at 287/3, but nobody could have predicted what would happen next.
The ball flew towards Katey Martin at the non-striker’s end, but it came so fast she had no time to get out of the way.
The ball collided with her bat, which dropped to the floor. The ball flew up in the air, providing a simple catch for Graham.
The dismissal went down on the scorecard as a simple caught and bowled, but those who viewed the incident know there was much more to it than it first seems.
Perkins, who was out for 4, walked off the field as Martin and the fielding side laughed and joked about the nature of the dismissal.
"This looks like it could be an absolute miracle,” commentator and former Aussie cricketer Mel Jones said.
“Have you ever seen anything like this?”
Former Aussie international Brendon Julian was was just as confused. “Is that out?" he said. "It looked out? I think that’s out”.
Martin batted on through after the wicket, finishing with 72 runs as New Zealand reached a score of 7/323 from their 50 overs.
The incident was reminiscent of an unlucky occasion for Australia’s Andrew Symonds 13 years ago.
In 2006, during the opener of an ODI series against Sri Lanka, Symonds hit Jehan Mubarak straight down the ground.
Michael Clarke couldn’t get out of the way of Symonds’ shot, and Tillakaratne Dilshan duly made the catch to remove Symonds’ wicket.
Symonds joked "You owe me a beer!" to a dumfounded Clarke as the batsman left the field.
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