Match under bee attack
IT was a sticky wicket of a different kind when nearly all the players were forced to hit the deck at a cricket match at New Norfolk.
It was bees, not rain, that caused the trouble at the Tynwald Park ground
Derwent Valley Gazette cricket writer Wade Gleeson said Sunday’s incident occurred during the Southern Cricket Association Third Grade match between New Norfolk II and Old Beach.
“While Old Beach was batting, a swarm of bees crossed the ground, flooring almost every player including the umpire, who were trying to steer clear of being stung,” Gleeson said.
“The crowd had a little chuckle, but that soon changed as the bees then came charging for them.”
New Norfolk’s Cody Neads, fielding at long on, had been the first to drop as the bees approached. Unable to see the swarm, some in the crowd thought he must have rolled his ankle or suffered some other injury.
“Then when the bees went towards the middle, everyone just dropped,” onlooker Josh Walsh said. “When the umpire dropped, everyone else followed.”
No injuries were reported and the game continued without further incident.