Canterbury pace bowler Andrew Hazeldine may have a claim for cricket's unluckiest delivery after managing to squeeze a ball between middle and off stump without the bails being removed.

The Canterbury left-arm-quick thought he had claimed the wicket of Burnside West University's Mitchell Hay during his Lancaster Park side's 46-run T20 loss. Instead, the ball went for four byes after the deviating off the stumps it had just passed between.

"It's the strangest thing I've seen in a cricket match," said Hazeldine.

"I said to Mitch: 'You've got someone looking over you'."

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Hazeldine says he realised exactly what had happened at the time, but even the umpire and many of his teammates didn't believe the ball had gone between the wickets.

However, a video of the event has since appeared on social media, backing up his claims.

"I went and looked at the wickets after the over and there was even a white mark on the inside of the stumps," said Hazeldine.

"In the video you can clearly see the ball go between the stumps.

"You can even see the bails wobbling, I still don't know how they didn't come off."

Equally as dumbfounded by the delivery was Hay who scored 13 off 14 balls.

The wicketkeeper/batsman admits even he doesn't know how he survived the delivery after seeing the video.

"I heard the rattle. I turned my head back to have a wee look and I was pretty surprised to see the bails still there.

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"I wasn't quite sure what had happened," said Hay.

Hazeldine's luck didn't get any better with the bat, being bowled for a duck in the opening over of the Lancaster Park innings.

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