There have been instances when play has been stopped due to bad light, rain and wet outfield. However, the third ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka was held up because of an un’bee’lievable factor. The delay was such that it got the crowd and the players buzzing.
The bees disrupted play twice - sending players diving to the ground - before the game was officially stopped in the 27th over, with Sri Lanka on 117-4.
A groundsman used a fire extinguisher to try to disperse the bees, before a beekeeper was called to the Wanderers.
Chris Morris had started his run-up to bowl the fifth ball of the 24th over when Faf du Plessis standing at slips went down flat on the ground. It was then that it became apparent that there were quite a few bees giving company to the 13 players on the field. The match resumed temporarily but was interrupted yet again. This time, many of them had almost completely covered Quinton de Kock’s helmet.
The groundstaff tried all the tricks. Coaxing the hive into a wheelie-bin didn't work, and neither did trying to disperse the stinging bugs with a fire extinguisher.
When that proved to be of little use, a professional was called for. The man walked on to the ground with a box full of honey comb. He trapped the buzzing intruders and saved the game from being affected by the most ridiculous of circumstances.
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