Cricketers chase down and catch thief after abandoning their game

CRICKETERS caught a thief — after abandoning their game.

The pickpocket was seen rifling through players’ wallets and a till.

Cricket players pinned down a pickpocket trying to steal from them during a match
The man was restrained by a team member until the police arrived

Word spread among the fielders who spotted the suspect on a bench.

They ran over to confront him but he darted off, pursued by both teams.

Builder Ryan Wastie, 23, captain of Stanton Harcourt Cricket Club, near Oxford, caught him by a barbed wire fence.

He said: “One of the lads from the other team is a bouncer so when he caught up he managed to properly restrain him until police got here.”

At the time, Ryan’s side had Wolvercote 92-6 in ­Saturday’s Cherwell League clash.

He said: “The game was abandoned. It was a huge shame. But stopping this guy seemed like the right thing to do. We couldn’t just let him go.”

Thames Valley Police said a 32-year-old from Witney was arrested and is custody.

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