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Cricket World Cup

Swarm of bees interrupts Sri Lanka v South Africa

The Cricket World Cup match between Sri Lanka and South Africa saw the players left comically lying on the ground at one point in their match on Friday in order to avoid bees.

Swarm of bees interrupts Sri Lanka v South Africa
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A swarm of bees bizarrely interrupted the first Cricket World Cup match at The Riverside (Chester-le-Street, County Durham) momentarily halting Sri Lanka's innings against South Africa on Friday.

In the 48th over of Sri Lanka's 203 all out, a swarm of bees came across the stadium, prompting players and umpires to take evasive action and hit the ground.

Un-bee-lievable scenes at the Riverside

Laughter broke out in the stands as the supporters were treated to the odd sight of several top-class internationals ducking away from insects.

It came as perhaps a welcome distraction for Sri Lanka, who had been 67-1 but stuttered badly from there as Dwaine Pretorius took 3-25.

Avishka Fernando and Kusal Perera (both 30) top-scored for the batting side, while Chris Morris (3-46) and Kagiso Rabada (2-36) also contributed for South Africa.

The Proteas were eliminated prior to Friday's meeting but Sri Lanka retain hope of catching fourth-placed England - two points ahead having played a game more - and reaching the semi-finals.


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