Just Swat Cricket: Flying ants force cricketers to abandon match

Just Swat Cricket: Flying ants force cricketers to abandon match

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Luke Matthews

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Just Swat Cricket: Flying ants force cricketers to abandon match

Cricket fans are often left frustrated when rain halts play but it is not often an invasion of flying ants has the players running for cover.

In a match between Waltham St Lawrence and visitors Reading IBIS on Saturday, the hosts' batsmen took to the crease to chase a difficult total when the flying insects attacked.

The players took a break hoping the swarm would disperse and tried only bowling to the less affected end of the wicket, but the pests stood strong and the match was called off, leaving the players to joke about the 'anty-climax'.

Waltham St Lawrence chairman Chris England said: "In forty years of playing league cricket, I have never experienced anything like it.

"I was batting at the time and had hundreds of the wretched things all over my body and swarming around my head.

"I could not concentrate on the ball being bowled."

On Sunday, July 20, a Hurley cricketer hit a six through the windscreen of his own BMW.

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