Controversy overshadowed the third day’s play of the LV= County Championship match between Somerset and Surrey at Taunton.
The visitors’ Murali Kartik ran out Alex Barrow as he was backing-up and Surrey skipper Gareth Batty declined the opportunity to call the 20-year-old batsman back when umpire Peter Hartley offered it.
The incident is almost unheard of in the first-class cricket and brought angry responses from the crowd.
Afterwards Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick said: “It’s not what you come to expect in county cricket. I have never seen it before and never been part of a game where it has happened.
“I have obviously seen some amazing things but that was quite astonishing and I am disappointed. The game doesn’t need to come to that. I know it has been brought in and the measures are there and theoretically it is out, as we know, but it’s not the game that we like to play.
“It happens more in one-day cricket, which is generally designed to be brought in for, if somebody is running halfway down the pitch to try to get the last few runs, you know what you can sort of understand it a little bit more, but I am never very comfortable with anybody doing it.”
Pete Trego, who hit 92 and was batting at the opposite end when the run-out took place, said: “I heard about the laws of cricket when I was out there from their captain, but I think it was quite clearly not a laws of cricket incident but a spirit of cricket incident.
“I think they [Surrey] now realise they have made a huge misjudgement and fair play to them there are a few apologies flying around now.”