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Bowler Tips Over While Appealing, Leaves Crowd In Peals Of Laughter

Written By Karthik Nair | Mumbai | Published:


  • Sussex bowler Tom Haines fell flat on his back while appealing for a leg before wicket against Middlesex
  • The bizarre incident left his team-mates, commentators and fans on social media in splits
  • Unfortunately for Haines, the appeal went in the favour of the batsman

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. 

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Sussex bowler falls while appealing during the County Championship match against 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:

Fans have a gala time on social media

Nonetheless, Tom Haines' bizarre incident left everyone on social media in splits as well. Here are some of the reactions.

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Sussex registered an emphatic win over Middlesex

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).

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