The bee delay

I love the dry humour in cricket commentary. This episode describes what happened when bees swarmed the pitch in South Africa's third ODI against Sri Lanka in 2017.

At first they deployed a man with a stick. The groundsman approached one buzzing batch, decided his mode of attack would not work, and returned defeated.

Eventually a professional was summoned. One man lived out what must be the dreams of many aspiring beekeepers in South Africa, when he walked to the middle of a packed Wanderers stadium in his trademark baggy whites, nervelessly placed down his plastic box full of honeycomb, and masterfully opened up the lid. Before long he had ensnared his quarry, probably to wild cheers and fans offering to give him their numbers.

All up, the bees had spent about 65 minutes in the middle, which many noted, was more time than some Sri Lanka batsmen had managed.

Cricinfo [1]

  1. Wanderers scrambles to find Plan Bee. ESPNcricinfo. Andrew Fidel Fernando (2017-02-04). ↩︎