Ashton Turner has recalled what went through his head as he produced a brilliant piece of fielding to ‘assist’ Tim Bresnan for a catch in Saturday’s win over the Hobart Hurricanes.
Fielding in the deep, the Perth Scorchers all-rounder raced along the rope to catch a George Bailey long-range hit which he grasped and flicked as he fell horizontally to team-mate Bresnan to claim his wicket.
It was a key dismissal in the Scorchers’ seven-wicket victory over the Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena which secured the Club a home semi-final.
It was also a key moment, with the third umpire reviewing replays for several minutes to ensure Turner’s shoe didn’t make contact with the rope.
“You never know how close to the rope it’s going to land,” Turner said.
“It’s hard to look down because you want to keep your eyes on the ball. I didn’t look down and basically guessed.
“We practice it a lot so that helps. I was always going to try to throw it back in.
“It all happens quite quickly but I could see Bres. Once I’d caught it and was falling there’s a little bit of time to sum it up and luckily my throw went straight to him.”Image Id: DBFE16FB93C140F9AB51CBBEA94EB3AF
Turner was initially confident the wicket would stand but admitted the lengthy delay created doubts.
“I was confident, I thought it was out straight away at the time,” he said.
“But I got really nervous when they were going through the replays. When the third umpire took a while, I was getting worried.
“I honestly thought it was out but it happened so quickly.”
Despite his outfield brilliance, Turner actually said he believed he’d produced better fielding and tougher ‘catches’.
“I reckon fielding in the slips is harder,” Turner said.
“It’s just a reflex whereas this one I had time to watch it in the air.
“So I’ve taken better but this one was different, that’s for sure.”
The Scorchers take on the Melbourne Stars in the BBL semi-finals on Tuesday 24 January at #TheFurnace from 4.40pm WST.