Supporter sees Daryl Mitchell blast the ball into his PINT at Trent Bridge
At least someone can hold onto their catches! Supporter sees Daryl Mitchell firing the ball into his PINT at Trent Bridge as England toil on a difficult afternoon in Nottingham
- Daryl Mitchell takes on Jack Leach and his huge six ends up in a pint glass
- Fan in the stands seems to be surprised with the ball coming at him
- England struggle in Nottingham after winning the toss and deciding to bowl
A cricket supporter enjoying a drink before the Test match at Trent Bridge was taken aback when a ball inflated by Daryl Mitchell ended up in his pint.
The New Zealand batsman took the match to England spinner Jack Leach on a difficult afternoon for the hosts and one of his numerous groundbreaking shots surprisingly ended in the booze of a fan watching.
England’s bold approach under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum was praised, but New Zealand found joy in the attacking fields, with the Black Caps setting 20 boundaries before lunch alone.
The England bowlers’ efforts were not rewarded on a difficult day in the field for McCullum’s side, with them missing four representative chances over the course of the day.
Daryl Mitchell took the match to England – with one of his shots ending in a pint cup
Mitchell, a centurion at last week’s Lord’s Test, followed the lead of those above him in the order and took the initiative to England.
While Stokes turned to his spinner Leach for some inspiration, Mitchell found joy in the off spinner and launched the Somerset player overhead for six hours.
On a day filled with borders, it seemed pretty harmless before the TV cameras picked up that the ball had indeed ended up in a supporter’s pint cup.
The man in the stands didn’t seem to realize the ball was hurtling toward his part of the ground and seemed stunned when he realized what had just happened.
The Centurion of the Lord impressed again and built an impressive score for New Zealand
England’s slipfielders had a hard time at Trent Bridge on Friday and dropped a number of opportunities
The contents of his cup splashed over him and those around him much to the amusement of those watching from the splash zone.
The England players had to find the funny side of the incident, despite having worked hard all afternoon to get the ball rolling and it finally started talking for them shortly before the incident.
However, after landing in the pint glass, all of England’s hard work getting it to swing seemed to be undone as the leather didn’t respond well to getting wet.
Joe Root himself dropped two chances, a regulation and another difficult chance
Daryl Mitchell (L) and Tom Blundell (R) have signed another important partnership for New Zealand
Then Mitchell and Tom Blundell, the pair that threatened to take the game out of England’s first Test of the series last week, piled up and enjoyed another century of standing.
When Mitchell launched Leach over his head and into the pint in question, he was on 28 with his partner in the middle on 14. England toiled but couldn’t remove either, with Mitchell ending the day with 81 not out and Blundell 67 not out.
England will hope their fortunes turn on Saturday, while the fan hopes for a drier day at cricket in the future.
The referee was forced to dry the ball when it finally returned to the field of play
The New Zealand middle order batsman has been their players’ choice so far this summer