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Monkey business halts play

2012-11-09 19:25

Ahmedabad - England's tour match against Haryana was halted briefly in Ahmedabad on Friday after a group of monkeys appeared on the field, leaving the tourists amused.

The monkeys walked across the field when the post-tea session was in progress on the 'B' field of the Motera stadium complex, where the first Test starts in the main ground on November 15.

England seamer Tim Bresnan, who hails from Yorkshire, said the unexpected invasion did not bother him.

"No, we get them down at my local cricket club all the time," he joked.

Bresnan took two wickets as Haryana, replying to England's first innings total of 521, cruised to 172-4 by stumps on the second day of the four-day game.

Bizarre interruptions in cricket are not an uncommon feature.

Bees, pigs, snakes, and even hedgehogs have been known to stop play in various centres around the world.

England are hoping to win their first Test series in India since 1985 when the four matches are played in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kolkata and Nagpur.

SAPA

Comments
  • lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-11-10 06:26

    At least they quickly run away, not like the rain in Australia.

  • johann.beets - 2012-11-10 10:19

    I can remember a game between Stanford and Gansbaai that was stopped because of a swarm of bees. All of us were flat on the grass in our fielding positions as the swarm passed over the field. To make matters worse, I'm allergic to bee stings!!!

  • erena.slabbert - 2012-11-10 10:30

    This was hilarious .... funny with the long tails.

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