September 12, 2021 12:02:31 pm
A semifinal match in the women’s All-Ireland T20 Cup was briefly interrupted by an adorable four-legged intruder.
It all happened in the second innings of a match between Bready Cricket Club and Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI). In a video shared by the Ireland Women’s cricket team, CSNI batter Abbi Leckey hits the ball towards the third man and attempts a single.
While a fielder picks it up and throws it towards the keeper, who fails to knock off the bails. As the ball rolls on the grass, a canine was seen rushing to play a ‘game of catch’.
The dog, much to the amusement of players, grabs the ball and dodges a couple of fielders before eventually stopping near Leckey at the non-striker’s end for some belly rubs. The video went viral across social media platforms amassing over 1.6 million views on Twitter alone.
Watch the cute interruption here:
— Ireland Women’s Cricket (@IrishWomensCric) September 11, 2021
The hilarious moment stopped the game for a while and had commentators laughing out loud, with one of them joking that the ball “may need a bit of a clean”.
After the ball was retrieved from the four-legged ‘fielder’, a man was seen escorting it out of the field. Play resumed after the brief interruption with Bready winning via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method, BBC Sports reported.
Although the team won the match, it was clearly the pooch that stole the show online ‘playing’ for less than a minute. Netizens couldn’t stop loving the moment and it led to many sarcastic reactions and jokes online.
Nothing better than this will happen all summer pic.twitter.com/dSg6DfAaxy
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) September 11, 2021
— australian women cricket with very little context (@awcwvlc) September 12, 2021
— ît’$_F@!Z (@SyedHazrath) September 12, 2021
That dog can easily get the job of a fielding coach by putting this on its CV😂 https://t.co/pP48Mrm1nJ
— Snehith reddy (@Snehith_RD) September 12, 2021
The perils of taking your dog to the cricket 😂 https://t.co/LA2J0s2Kf9
— Andy Carr (@BoltonRedSock) September 11, 2021
Well thank you very much – I shall count on Ireland Women’s Cricket to appropriately compensate my client – I’m thinking multi year contract with guarantees – and hi everyone.
— Amy Trask (@AmyTrask) September 11, 2021
Good fielding so this individual should be given chance in next match.
— Itisok To-Criticize-Religion (@LoveDov21183279) September 11, 2021
I love how the dog is captured by the offer of cuddles and not by force!
— miriam kimber (she/her) (@miriamlaila) September 11, 2021
The most ingenious ball tampering ever 😜
— Michael Blair (@fatcat39) September 11, 2021
— abhishekhavanur (@abhihavanur) September 12, 2021
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