Ali Orr run out at non-striker’s end again, video, cricket news

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Is Ali Orr the unluckiest batter in world cricket?

The Sussex opener has been run out at the non-striker’s end in three consecutive County Championship matches, with the third incident sparking a dramatic collapse against Yorkshire on Saturday.

On day three of the red-ball contest in Hove, the 22-year-old was unbeaten at the crease alongside opening partner Tom Haines with Sussex cruising at 0-41 in the 11th over.

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Yorkshire paceman Ben Coad overpitched, and Haines drove firmly down the ground, only for the Dukes ball to deflect off Coad’s hand onto the stumps.

Orr, backing up at the non-striker’s end, scrambled to make his ground, but was inches short and subsequently run out for 22 (33). Haines, who had been at striker’s end for all three of Orr’s run outs, put his hands on his head in disbelief as the umpire raised the dreaded finger.

Earlier this month, Orr was dismissed in identical fashion during Sussex’s season opener against Durham, run out by seamer Ben Raine at the same venue for 11.

And at the end of his prolific 2022 County Championship campaign, the left-hander was cruelly run out for 198 (174) against Glamorgan after New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel pulled off the unusual dismissal.

Saturday’s run out sparked a horror collapse in Hove, with Sussex losing 9-96 to be rolled for 137, setting Yorkshire a 201-run target for victory. Former Test spinner Dom Bess was the pick of the Yorkshire bowlers with 3-36 from 16.1 overs, with seamers Matthew Fisher and Jordan Thompson each contributing two scalps.

In response, Yorkshire was 3-138 at stumps on day three, with captain Adam Lyth (69 not out) and West Indies wicketkeeper Shai Hope (53 not out) unbeaten at the crease.

Orr enjoyed a breakout summer with the bat last year, plundering 1047 runs in the County Championship at 47.59 – but he is still searching for his maiden double-century at first-class level.

Ali Orr of Sussex. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

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