In the past, we might have seen matches been interrupted and stopped due to bad light or due to failure of a floodlight but yesterday history was created in the match between Kent and Sussex as the match was stopped for a period of 15 minutes due to excessive sunlight. Yes, during the match the Sussex openers lodged a complaint to the umpires that they are not able to sight the ball due to excessive sunlight.
The batsmen were finding it difficult to spot the ball, so understanding the problems faced by the batsmen the umpire decided to suspend the play and finally after a short blockage of 15-minutes the game was started again.
It is not the first time that the game has been stopped due to excessive sunlight as 21 years ago on July 27 in a test match between West Indies and England the umpire Dickie Bird decided to call off the play due to excessive sunlight. The move was a historic move in the history of cricket and was probably it was the first time that such an event happened in cricket.
Sussex was chasing a target of 167 but they lost the match by 10 runs as Kagiso Rabada who was making his debut for Kent ran over the batting unit and provided a good start to the team by dismissing both the openers. He ended the day with figures of 2/31 and was adjudged the Man of the Match for his fine bowling performance.
The match will be remembered for a long time to come as we hardly see matches being stopped due to this reason weird reason.