BBL: Adam Zampa, Melbourne Stars, six runs to hit the roof of Marvel Stadium.

Six runs to hit the roof of Marvel Stadium proved controversial on Saturday night, but Stars skipper Adam Zampa could have a solution straight from backyard cricket.

Remarkably, in Saturday night’s Melbourne derby between the Stars and the Renegades, Stars batsmen Joe Clarke and Beau Webster both hit the roof.

But instead of being counted as dead balls by the ref, both Clarke and Webster received sixes under BBL rules, although both shots went straight to the air and almost certainly gave the Renegades a chance to catch if they played at an open air would have stadium.

The controversial shots prompted Zampa to call for a statewide backyard cricket ground rule to be introduced into the Big Bash League.

“Why not? It’s a bit bizarre to be honest that they call it a six when the ball goes straight up in the air,” Zampa said after the game.

“As a bowler, you expect (when you are) fooling a batsman that you have at least a chance of getting a wicket.

“Maybe build the roof a little higher,” he joked.

“When it happens you know how lucky you are, it’s not about hitting the bowler or anything, it’s just pure luck.”

Alternate Renegades captain Aaron Finch wasn’t too troubled by the controversial sixes, though they came close to snatching a narrow six-heat win from his team.

He also wasn’t sure if the rule should be changed again, having originally been seen as a dead ball before being adjusted to its current interpretation after Finch himself hit the roof of Marvel Stadium during a game a decade ago would have.

“The rule is what it is, it’s the same for both teams, so I don’t think you can complain,” he said.

“But it would have been two sending offs… so that makes a big difference in a game.

“It’s hard to monitor, isn’t it? Because you have these bars hanging over the playing field, they’re already over the limit. So if it hits that you should get a six, (but) if you hit it straight up you get a six, I’m attracting I don’t know.

“But I think the game is better when the roof is closed at Marvel because there are so many buildings (the Docklands precinct), there’s a lot of light coming in, and when you’re catching it can be really difficult to do that.” see sun lift off the seats.”

The Stars’ dream of the finals is all but over and Zampa couldn’t hide his disappointment.

“It would have been nice to play with something in the last three games,” he said.

“It’s always been a tough season without the best player in the league (Glenn Maxwell with a broken leg) and of course ‘Stoin’ (Marcus Stoinis) has been out quite a lot too.

“When you’re missing two guys with such experience, it’s a big loss, but I think we were good enough at least this year to get into the final.”

Renegades batsman Sam Harper is in fine form having now hit three straight fifties and Finch was full of praise for the No. 3.

“The way he’s managing his innings right now is brilliant, he’s obviously got all the shots so the way he’s constructing them was outstanding,” Finch said.

“Maybe a kick in the butt too (helped Harper) after missing a couple of games.”

One hitter not enjoying a good run is star import Martin Guptill, who averaged just 15.86 in his seven games for the Renegades, but Finch was still 100 per cent confident the New Zealander had things in his back could turn. end of the season.

“He’s one of the best players in the world,” said Finch.

Veteran Renegades spinner Fawad Ahmed appeared to have injured his knee late in the game against the Stars, but Finch was hoping he would be available for their next game against the Thunder in Sydney on Thursday.

Originally released as BBL 2023: Zampa proposes a bizarre one-handed roof hit catch solution at Marvel Stadium BBL: Adam Zampa, Melbourne Stars, six runs to hit the roof of Marvel Stadium.

Ryan Sederquist

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