CRICKETERS caught a thief — after abandoning their game.
The pickpocket was seen rifling through players’ wallets and a till.
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.