A STREAKER held up The Hundred clash between Northern Superchargers and Welsh Fire – as he flashed a full-length shot all the way to the Headingley boundary.
He outstripped stewards with a weaving run more worthy of a British Lions’ wing than a cricket lover – as SuperChargers like Ben Stokes and of course David Willey looked on.
Fans watching the ding-dong affair out in the middle seemed to enjoy the interlude from the main action, cheering him on during the chase.
But security staff showed no fears of running into a short mid-wicket as they kept up the pursuit between the Welsh Fire fielders.
The intruder handed himself in once he crossed the boundary before the Fire clinched a thrilling five-run win.
Harry Brook’s 62 off 31 balls led the Superchargers to 168-7 from their 100 deliveries -after opener Jonny Bairstow top-scored with 56 in the Fire’s 173-4.
But for better or worse, much of the attention online was on the streaker. He got so up close and personal to many onlookers that they could check for any evidence of ball-tampering.
And there were certainly no covers as he showed a clean pair of.. heels to evade stewards.
One fan posted a clip of Bairstow staring directly and seemingly unimpressed at the naked man’s beamer.
And most observers on cricket seemed to take the man’s antics in good spirits, one saying: “Gotta love cricket”.
But some opinions about the security staff were less uplifting.
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One fan said: “Love to see the stewards chase a streaker and fall over.”
But more importantly, the players bared up well to the interruption as a gripping start to The Hundred continued.
England bowler Jake Ball stood up tall when it was most needed as he limited the Superchargers to five from the last five balls when 11 were needed.