South Africa vs Sri Lanka: Bees Stop play at Johannesburg!

‘Bad light stops play’, ‘Rain stops play’, ‘Wet outfield stops play’ – these are some of the common stoppages that may occur in a cricket match. But the reason for stoppage in the third ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka was extremely bizarre.

The Proteas elected to field on winning the toss and were doing well to restrict the Lankans, dismissing four for just 117 runs. However, during Chris Morris’ over, a bee invasion forced the players and umpires to lie down on the ground!


A man with a stick was given the task of removing them, and he returned with a failed attempt. It seemed Morris suggested the idea of repelling the bees with a fire extinguisher. A couple of groundsmen carried this tactic out, but the success was short-lived as the swarm returned near the pitch.


Finally a professional was summoned. He walked to the middle of the Wanderers Stadium in his baggy whites, placed down his box full of honeycomb, and opened up the lid. It only took a few minutes as he had trapped the intruders and play resumed.

The bees had spent more than an hour on the field, which was probably more than some Sri Lanka batsmen had managed.

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