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Cricket mayhem - from magpies to mopeds.

SNOW stopped play on the opening day of the cricket season this week when Worcestershire's game with Durham fell victim to the April blizzards.

But a quick flick through Wisden would reveal that a mere snow-storm is nothing out of the cricketing ordinary.

Here is a list of unusual happenings which caused play to be stopped last season.

A naked woman on a quad bike who rode around the outfield during a match between Hoveringham and the Inland Revenue in Nottinghamshire.

A punch-up between the batsmen when there was a run out and neither would leave the field, in the game between Barriper and Camborne in Cornwall.

An angry wife who drove on to the field and flung the car keys at her husband when he was fielding in the gully in the game between Dorchester Third XI and the Parley Montys in Dorset. He had apparently promised to look after the children.

John Barnes's car which was parked on the Newcastle United training ground at Chester-le-Street with the sun glinting off the windscreen. The Durham v Lanacashire match had to be stopped for eight minutes while he was found.

Flying ants which appeared from a nest and forced the abandonment of a match at Alvechurch in Worcestershire. "The whole wicket turned silver," said one player.

Police chasing a drunken moped rider across the outfield at Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Forest fires which caused air quality to deteriorate so much in Brunei, South-East Asia, that the cricket season had to be suspended.

Disgruntled parents who staged a sit-down strike on the pitch at Chennai, India to protest against the omission of their son from the state Under-14 team.

A magpie who stole the keys of the motorised roller at Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

But the following did not stop play:

Death of lifelong supporter 86-year-old Sid Wright, who was watching a game at Over in Cambridgeshire. The players carried on in his honour. "It's what Sid would have wanted," said a club spokesman.
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Author:Skidmore, Roger
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 18, 1999
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