In the recent past we have witnessed bitter-sweet affairs of the animals, who have had made sudden appearances in the different cricketing grounds, in a bid to grab the attention of thousands of eyeballs, as third eye equally made it often interesting to allow the viewers for having a picture perfect glimpses of animals invading the pitch, in the lighter moment owing to the bat and ball competition.
Similarly, a fox on August 3 has interrupted the domestic game in the 14th over of the second innings during the NatWest Twenty20 Blast game played between Hampshire and Middlesex at the historic Lord’s ground.
However, the sneaky fox was shooed away by the groundsman after being filmed on the live telecast set-up for the domestic competition in the United Kingdom.
Seen as an unexpected raid beyond the padded-up boundary-line, a fox interrupted the game momentarily while stealing the show in front of around 20,000 spectators by signing off in style from one of the vacant portions of the ground.
The incident took place when Hampshire required 15 runs off 36 deliveries, as the fox slowly made an appearance on the lush green outfield when overseas batsman Sean Ervine was on the striker’s end while batting on 14 off nine deliveries and Rilee Rossouw 60 off 46, before his dismissal on the same score.
Interestingly, this was not the first time when an animal made an appearance in a cricket stadium, as we have had clearly witnessed domestic animals in the form of dogs and cats halting the game following the pitch invasion.
Coming to open the innings with skipper James Vince, Rossouw smashed six boundaries and a six to score at the strike-rate of 127.66, after being caught by Harry Podmore on the bowling of 23-year-old left-arm fast bowler Tom Barber.
Moreover, Hampshire chased down the target of 137 in 17.3 overs after bundling out Middlesex at 136 in 19.1 overs.
For Hampshire, fast bowler Kyle Abbott bagged three wickets after conceding 26 runs in his quota of four overs.
However, the two New Zealand stars Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee missed out for the Middlesex game, as the side led by Eoin Morgan saw opener Stevie Eskinazi top scoring with 43 off 27 balls, as Morgan registered 22 off 14 deliveries.