When Yorkshire all-rounder Richard Pyrah conceded 12 off his last delivery to hand a tie to Northamptonshire, it proved once again that cricket was the same game from village green upwards. Everyone could make fools of themselves.
At Northampton the result looked in the bag for Yorkshire when Nicky Boje faced Pyrah for the last ball of their Twenty20 Cup match in 2010. Only a no-ball could possibly prevent a Yorkshire victory -- and that is what happened to the undisguised glee of the home crowd. Boje hit that for six, plus two runs as an extra in this competition, and the final ball was smashed to leg for four. Fortunately for Pyrah it didn't carry for six.
The same fate befell Graeme Aldridge, the Northern Districts seamer, in January 2007 when his last ball turned into a waist-high full toss to Andre Adams in a Twenty20 match at Hamilton. With Auckland needing 12 to win, that delivery was hit for four, with two added runs, and the extra ball was struck sweetly by Adams for six.