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Buzz off! Swarm of bees brings cricket game to a sudden halt after pitch invasion

Buzz off! Swarm of bees brings cricket game to a sudden halt as the insects stage a pitch invasion and players duck for cover

  • Swarm of bees interrupted JLT One-Day Cup game between NSW and Victoria
  • Pesky pitch invaders forced players to duck for cover at start of second innings
  • Play resumed after short delay when the bees settled on the boundary fence

There was a ‘buzzarre’ start to the second innings of an interstate cricket game on Sunday.

The JLT One-Day Cup clash between the New South Wales Blues and Victorian Bushrangers was disrupted by a swarm of bees at North Sydney Oval. 

The Blues were chasing a massive total of 328 for victory off 50 overs when the pesky pitch invaders disrupted play to cause ‘unbeelieavable’ scenes. 

Victorian players, NSW openers Jack Edwards and Daniel Hughes, the umpires and television cameramen ducked for cover on the field to avoid getting stung.

 

‘Buzz building in the second innings at North Sydney Oval. Into the 34th over and the bees are in for the long haul,’ the Victorian Cricket Team tweeted

‘Is that official that you’ve got to lie down when there are bees around?’ former Australian Test captain Allan Border asked while commentating for Fox Sports.

‘Well mate, that’s your plan B, AB,’ co-commentator and former Australian bowler Brendan Julian replied. 

The bees eventually settled on the boundary fence to allow play to resume.

No overs were lost during the short delay. 

‘Buzz building in the second innings at North Sydney Oval. Into the 34th over and the bees are in for the long haul,’ the Victorian Cricket Team tweeted.

The bees caused 'buzzarre' scenes at the start of the second innings of JLT One-Day Cup clash between the NSW Blues and Victorian Bushrangers

The bees caused ‘buzzarre’ scenes at the start of the second innings of JLT One-Day Cup clash between the NSW Blues and Victorian Bushrangers

The pesky pitch invaders had players ducking for cover at North Sydney Oval

The pesky pitch invaders had players ducking for cover at North Sydney Oval

One fan commented on Facebook: ‘Now they have another form of dismissal…BBW…bee before wicket!’

Some of Australia’s best cricketers were in action on Sunday, including Glenn Maxwell, Cameron White and Peter Handscomb for Victoria.  

The Bushrangers won the match by 66 runs with eight overs to spare to keep the NSW Blues winless after three games.

No overs were lost due to the short delay. Victoria won the game comfortably

No overs were lost due to the short delay. Victoria won the game comfortably

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