A swarm of bees brought play to a temporary halt during South Africa and Sri Lanka’s Cricket World Cup clash in Durham, MySportDab reports.
Both sets of players and the umpires were forced to lie on the ground as hundreds of bees invaded Chester-le-Street and made for the batsman’s crease.
Spectators watched on bemused at the sight as the swarm was uninterested in the stands, instead preferring to be involved in the action.
‘Not one spectator was stretched or bothered, and yet all the players were on the ground,’ former England coach Paul Farbrace told BBC Test Match Special.
“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 bizarre intervention took place while South Africa were seeing off the tail end of Sri Lanka’s innings, who had posted 194-8.
The bees were eventually cleared with the help of the Durham groundsmen and a fire extinguisher.