October 25, 2013

Cricket

The worst two-ball innings of all time

In the Guardian, Toby Chasseaud looks at one of the worst batting performances, by Mark Armitage, that has subsequently gone viral on the internet.

Armitage strode out to open the batting for Essex team Eastwood CC in their tour match against Bradfield CC in Berkshire. What happens next is painful to watch. Armitage doesn't worry about playing himself in, trying to pull his first ball for four. He fails to get bat on ball, is hit in the box, and tumbles to the ground. After shaking off his discomfort, he attempts to smash his second delivery - with even worse consequences. He makes a mess of his shot, falls over backwards, and is out hitting his own wicket. This would have been bad enough if witnessed only by those present, but unfortunately for Armitage, his antics have since been viewed by thousands.

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