County news April 27, 2013

Is this the funniest run out ever?

ESPNcricinfo staff

It must surely rank as one of the funniest run-outs in cricket history.

As much as Samit Patel, Nottinghamshire's England allrounder, might have wished the footage would never get out, it was bound to get onto YouTube before too long.

Samit Patel's run-out against Derbyshire in the Championship match at Trent Bridge was one of those moments when the batsman just had to put personal embarrassment aside and accept that his team-mates could do nothing else but laugh.

"Samit Slips over!" is fast becoming the cricket video of the moment. As Stuart Broad, Patel's England and Notts team-mate, remarked on Twitter: "Who put that banana in the middle of the wicket? A must watch."

Broad told Steve Davies, the Surrey and England keeper, on Twitter how he had to pad up immediately after Patel's dismissal, trying to act professionally but with tears rolling down his face.

Davies called the video "comfortably the funniest thing I have ever seen." Chris Tremlett, another Surrey and England man, termed it "priceless" and there were comments from the outer that the heavy roller had returned to county cricket.

Jon Culley, reporting for ESPNcricinfo from Derby, had sought to record the run out with more gravitas, merely calling Patel's downfall "unfortunate", although he did point out that Patel should have been run out for an earlier stumble when the fielder running in, Billy Godleman, missed the stumps from five yards.

As for England, they might be tempted to remind Patel that it would not be quite so funny if it happened in the closing stages of a Champions Trophy final.

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  • Tom on April 28, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    For me it's not even the funniest this season involving Derbyshire. Wayne Madsen was run out at Lord's when his drive rebounded off his partner straight to Chris Rogers at mid-off, who threw down Madsen's stumps.

  • John on April 28, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Personally , I did find it quite funny , the way he went on his backside and dropped his bat etc

  • Jeff on April 27, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    What on earth was he doing attempting to run when his partner had no interest anyway?

  • Sai on April 27, 2013, 14:06 GMT


  • Randy on April 27, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    That was wait for it... almost there .... LEGENDARY!

  • Shoaib on April 27, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    The pitch looks kind of wet probably why he fell. People are already saying its unsporting to knock the stumps off but that's why we call it bad and good luck! happens and should move on.

  • Nicholas on April 27, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Errr, no. Pretty standard for Samit Patel really.

  • Anthony on April 27, 2013, 9:08 GMT


  • Sundararajan on April 27, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Not sure whats so funny. A guy slipped and got run out. Not the first time this has happened and wont be the last. Been a fair few examples from Inzi. Unbelievable what passes for humour these days.

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