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Holy Cow! Angry Bovine stops play in a local cricket match in England

A local match in Cheshire, England witnessed a strange interruption as a cow ran on to the field and caused a disruption. Here are other instances when animals have stopped play in cricket.

cricket Updated: Jun 27, 2017 16:43 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
A cow ran on to the field and interrupted a cricket match in Cheshire, England
A cow ran on to the field and interrupted a cricket match in Cheshire, England(Mossley Cricket Twitter)

There have been several instances of cricket matches being interrupted around the world. One such incident was witnessed recently when a cow charged onto the cricket field, in Cheshire, North West England.

During a match between Kerridge and Mossley in the Cheshire Cricket League, a cow came on to the field much to the amusement of the crowd as well as player. At the start, it did not look like the cow meant harm to anyone, but soon things turned hilarious.

The cow entered the playing area from the long-on boundary, and soon made a sprint towards the man standing at mid-on. The fielder took evasive action, and the cow went ahead.

The fielder at square leg moved away from the position, but the umpire was unnerved even though the cow was running towards him. With his hand in pockets, the umpire only moved sideways to give the raging cow the space to run.

The cow spent some more time on the field before it carried on past the deep mid wicket fence, which is co-incidentally called Cow Corner

A video of the incident was posted on Twitter by Mossley Cricket Club, which incidentally is also celebrating its 50th anniversary.

There have been several instances wherein bees have interrupted cricket matches. During the Pink ODI match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Johannesburg, play was halted for an hour after a swarm of bees entered the Bull Ring, forcing players off the field.

As recently as in 2016/17, England’s Test against India in Vizag was interrupted by a dog running on the field. The dog refused to move and play was delayed close to five minutes, which forced the players to have an early Tea. The popularity of the dog was such that he soon had a Twitter handle called @vizagdog.

Other than bees, dogs and cows, there have been instances when a monkey has also stopped play. During the series between England and Sri Lanka Test match in 2007, a monkey had stopped play.

First Published: Jun 27, 2017 12:46 IST

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