Match un­der bee at­tack

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - DAMIAN BESTER

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.

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