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WA opener saved by rare umpire reversal

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 By Justin Chadwick

WA batsman Jonathan Wells had the ultimate sliding doors moment last month, and he's thanking his lucky stars the cards ended up falling his way.

Wells' Sheffield Shield career hung in the balance when he was wrongly given out, caught behind, for 13, against Tasmania last month.

The 28-year-old had posted meagre scores of 17, 11, and 4 in his previous three Shield innings this season, and his latest failure could have seen him axed from the side.

But as Wells prepared to trudge his way back to the pavilion, something unusual happened.

Umpire John Ward had realised he made a mistake in giving Wells out, and overturned the decision.

Tasmania players were left stunned, while Wells was elated.

Wells made the most of the rare reprieve by scoring a career-saving 120.

And his hot form hasn't stopped there.

Wells scored 46 and 47 in his next match, before posting an unbeaten 113 in WA's Shield win over Queensland at the WACA Ground.

The Tasmanian is now in the form of his life. And he's thankful he was given another chance.

"It was a pretty big moment when you look back at it," Wells said.

"In the first innings I was unlucky to be given out caught behind as well.

"And when it happened again in the second dig, it was pretty shattering.

"I didn't hit that one either. It hit my back hip. I was pretty happy when the umpire did reverse it.

"Full credit to him, because it's not something that happens very often.

"And then to cash in and make the most of that opportunity was good, and something I needed."

Wells headed to WA in 2015 after being cut by Tasmania.

There were no guarantees he would land a deal with the Warriors at the time, but his strong form in the Futures League saw him earn a spot in WA's squad.

Wells' second century of the Shield summer on Thursday helped WA snap their four-match losing streak.

The opener hopes he can continue his strong form when the Shield season resumes in February.

But for now, he's turned his attention to the Big Bash League, where he'll front up for the Hobart Hurricanes.

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