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Finn Allen run out video, San Francisco Unicorns vs Seattle Orcas score, cricket news, Major League Cricket

New Zealand opener Finn Allen was comically run out during the San Francisco Unicorns’ 35-run loss to the Seattle Orcas in Major League Cricket on Sunday morning.

The 24-year-old got San Francisco’s run chase off to an explosive start at Texas’ Grand Prairie Stadium, slapping 28 runs from his first nine deliveries. He plundered five boundaries from Seattle captain Wayne Parnell’s opening over, including a glorious six over long-on.

After combining with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade for a 42-run opening partnership, Allen fended a length delivery from West Australian seamer Cameron Gannon towards mid-wicket for what should have been a comfortable single.

Allen leisurely jogged towards the non-striker’s end, only for Orcas fielder Shehan Jayasuriya to retrieve the ball and fling it at the stumps. The right-hander attempted to slide his bat, but instead dropped it short of the crease – replays confirmed he had been run out, gone for 28 (10).

Unicorns captain Aaron Finch was not impressed with the dismissal, failing to hide his frustration from the dugout.

“What’s going on here?” former Glamorgan all-rounder Alan Wilkins cried in commentary.

“He can’t believe it … look at that, what’s he doing? Get to the other end!

“Seriously, that is comedy.”

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar continued: “That is sloppy cricket.”

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Allen’s dismissal sparked a horror collapse of 4-44 in 43 balls, with Wade, Finch and Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis each departing cheaply. San Francisco was ultimately bowled out for 142 in 17.5 overs, falling 35 runs short of the 178-run target.

Earlier, South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen smacked 53 (31) in a player of the match performance, steering Seattle towards 4-177 from their 20 overs.

Gannon, representing the Orcas as a local player, claimed 4-23 from 3.5 overs during the run chase, including the crucial dismissals of New Zealand’s Corey Anderson and Pakistan’s Shadab Khan.

The Unicorns will next face the Los Angeles Knight Riders at Grand Prairie on Wednesday morning at 10.30am AEST.

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