May 19, 2009

Invasion of the bail snatcher

Jamie Alter

We’ve heard of streakers, insects and mysterious vandals either holding up play or preventing it entirely, but a pitch invasion by a single person having a substantial effect on the result of a game? That’s a new one. But it happened, and Scotland were left rather annoyed after a loss to Warwickshire during a Friends Provident Trophy match in Edinburgh. Chasing 242, Scotland were 131 for 3 when a baffling intruder – later identified only as “Ginger” by a bunch of traveling friends from the English Midlands – ran in and nicked a bail from in front of everyone. Said invader then proceeded to get away Scot free (no pun intended), dodging the minimal security and jumping over a boundary wall with the loot. The actions of the “idiot” as Scotland captain Gavin Hamilton dubbed him, led to a five-minute hold-up that was quickly followed by Neil McCallum's dismissal as Scotland lost their sixth game in a row. "We were doing so well when the guy ran on and took a bit of the momentum we had achieved away,” said McCallum. “It was frustrating.” Talk about getting away on bail.

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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