The Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial T20 trophy match between Munster Reds and Northern Knights was disrupted today after bees swarmed on the pitch at the Mardyke.
Munster were 91/2 after 10.4 overs when officials called a halt to the game due to hundreds of bees swarming which eventually settled on a pavillon fence.
The players were unable to go near the boundary line with play stopping after 4.30pm.
Eventually, the queen bee was captured by Mauro Dias from Buzz of Nature. The swarm consisted of 20,000 bees.
The match resumed at 6.15pm and was played over 12 overs, with the Red setting a target of 106-5.
However, the Knights reached 78-0 after six overs and then reached their target with balls left, winning by seven wickets.
The game is part of a three-day festival of domestic cricket in a provincial competition.
BEES stop play!— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) June 7, 2023
Yes, you've read that right!
A pretty rare occurrence in Irish Cricket.@rtenews @Irishbeekeeper @PollinatorPlan @SkyNews #IP2023 | #T20Festival ☘️🏏 🔴⚫️ @rariohq @MunsterReds @NCU_Knights pic.twitter.com/6qOzm4YlTo