Watch: County Bowler applauded for choosing not to miss injured batter


Hampshire Hawks bowler Chris Wood received a warm round of applause for choosing not to miss Kent's Matt Parkinson, who had been hit and injured by a straight drive.

The incident happened during the final of the first innings of today's T20 Blast clash at the Rose Bowl. Wood, bowling with the new ball and at the death, began the final over with excellent figures of 1-12 from three overs. He quickly added a second wicket, pinning overseas Australian Xavier Bartlett lbw.

That left Kent nine ahead and brought Parkinson to the crease, and the leg-spinner led off with a single. After all-rounder Joey Evison hit a few off his next ball, he looked to finish with a bang, aiming for a resounding strike down the ground.

However, Parkinson, backing deep into the wicket, was in the way and was hit in the body. He collapsed in pain, dropping his bat, and the ball ricocheted off Wood. He picked up the ball, but, looking towards the injured tailender, opted to run past the stumps rather than knock down the bails to end the innings. The home crowd greeted the gesture with a round of applause and Parkinson resumed his position on the non-attacking side.

There were echoes of a 2022 incident in which Nepal were praised for choosing not to wear out an Irish batter after a collision.

Evison found the boundary with the final ball, giving Hampshire Hawks 166 the win. Parkinson bowled well, taking figures of 1-21 from four overs.

The four extra points almost proved crucial. After an undulating chase, Hampshire Hawks needed seven from the last three balls. Liam Dawson was the final hero, scoring six before a unique, lopsided sealed victory.

Watch Chris Wood choose not to wear out Matt Parkinson below:



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