We have heard of cricket matches getting halted due to rain or an animal invasion into the pitch. But how unusual is it for a burnt toast to half the match for almost 30 minutes?
The incident took place in a Sheffield Shield contest between South Wales and Queensland at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Thursday.
Nathan Lyon was preparing a quick snack for himself when he got engrossed in the game and forgot to put off the toaster. The burnt toast set off fire alarms at the venue, fire-trucks were called in and an entire stand was evacuated!
"(The toast) popped up first and I wasn’t happy so I put it back down and I got carried away watching the cricket. There’s a first for everything. I was getting a bit bored in the change-rooms," Nathan Lyon was quoted as saying by international media. Showing his funny side, the bowler also added that Australian skipper Steven Smith has agreed to sponsor the bill for calling in the two fire-trucks. "Steven Smith already said he’s going to cover it (the fire-truck call-out fee).”
New South Wales were only 18 runs away from victory when the match was halted. After it resumed, Kurtis Patterson and Daniel Hughes completed the formalities and took Queensland home by 6 wickets.
Only a few days ago, another unusual incident had stopped a Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, when a drunk driver drove onto the Palam A ground in Delhi, which led to the suspension of the game for a couple of minutes.
Earlier, unforeseen invasions by animals onto the pitch have also halted several cricket games. Among other common reasons are deaths (recall Phillips Hughes death) and extreme weather conditions (recall the dessert storm at Sharjah)