Cricket is a gentleman's game but at times, it can get funny as well. It does not matter whether it is a bowler, batsman, fielder or wicket-keeper because sometimes, they can end up becoming a laughing stock on the cricket field due to some or the other kind of bizarre incidents. In case if you are wondering what ends up leaving the players embarrassed, then there was a hilarious incident which had happened during the County Championship match recently between Sussex and Middlesex.
You have heard that right. A Sussex bowler named Tom Haines lost his balance and fell flat on his back while appealing for a leg before wicket during the County Championship match against Middlesex batsman James Harris. Tom Haines thought that the ball was plumb in front of the wicket and he set off for a big appeal only to have a fall as his team-mates including the slip fielder and the keeper had a hearty life and even the commentators were left in splits as the bowler seemed to look embarrassed. Unfortunately for Tom Haines, even his appeal turned out to be an unsuccessful one as the umpire gave the decision in the favour of the batsman.
The video of Tom Haines' falling flat on his back was posted by County Championship on their official Twitter handle with a caption 'This appeal fell flat... '
Watch the video here:
This appeal fell flat... 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/jNU27ib5zd— County Championship (@CountyChamp) August 20, 2019
Nonetheless, Tom Haines' bizarre incident left everyone on social media in splits as well. Here are some of the reactions.
Knows how to bowl, but certainly not how to appeal pic.twitter.com/vQvMb58zMs— MUKUND POTDAR (@Mukund11Sakal) August 20, 2019
😂 looked plumb to me!— Matthew Stadlen (@MatthewStadlen) August 20, 2019
Sussex beat Middlesex by seven wickets in the County Championship match riding on an outstanding bowling performance from Ollie Robinson who took 14 wickets in the contest (8/34 in the first innings and 6/101 in the second).