Rain? No, bees stop play during World Cup clash between South Africa and Sri Lanka

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 0

A swarm of bees stormed on to Chester-le-Street’s Riverside Ground, briefly disrupting the World Cup match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on Friday.

It happened during the 48th over of Sri Lanka’s batting, forcing all the players – including the on-field umpires – to lie on the floor in order to protect themselves.

No spectator, however, took such a precautionary measure, according to ex-England coach Paul Farbrace.

“Not one spectator was stretched or bothered, and yet all the players were on the ground,” he told BBC.

“There must have been some people wondering what on earth was going on. If you’re new to that game you’d go home going ‘not only do they stop for a drink, but halfway through the game they all lay down! Stressful game, cricket!’

The swarm, however, didn’t hang around for long as Sri Lanka folded out for 203 runs in 49.3 overs. South Africa, in response, were 119-1 at the end of 22 overs.

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