The Big Bash League conjured up one of the most bizarre run-outs in cricket history last night as Adam Zampa ran out Peter Nevill using his nose in the Melbourne derby at Docklands Stadium.
Zampa was bowling to Dwayne Bravo, who drove the ball firmly down the ground. Nevill, the non-striker, was stood out of his ground and the ball deflected powerfully off his bat and squirted up towards the bowler. It hit Zampa, who was moving to his right to field the ball, square on the nose, and deflected onto the stumps.
At first, Nevill's concern was for the wellbeing of Zampa's nose and had failed to realise he was actually out. The bowler, however, appealed immediately, even as the doctor trotted onto to the pitch.
"As soon as it hit the stumps I said "'how's that, that's out.'" Zampa told ESPNcricinfo, acknowledging that it was the strangest dismissal he had ever been involved in.
"It goes down as a direct hit, right?"
The incident was widely enjoyed by the internet. "What an extraordinary run out!" tweeted commentator Mike Haysman, while former England wicketkeeper Alec Stewart was keen for his beloved Chelsea to get Zampa on their books after heading the ball: "Transfer window is open," he tweeted, "who will sign up Adam Zampa after that great header to run out Nevill!"