20 instances of streaker invasions in cricket (Part II)

Streaking has been happening in cricket for over four decades now. Right from the first recorded instance in 1975 when Michael Angelow invaded the cricket pitch without wearing anything to the latest incident during ongoing Sri Lanka – Australia Test at Pallekele, the game has evolved a lot. Security has been made watertight during this period, but nothing, simply nothing, seems to stop the maniac streakers who find some or the other way to get inside the field. 

In part I, we saw the first ever incident of streaking, Andrew Symonds’ and Greg Chappell’s way of tackling with the intruders and Ross Taylor’s embarrassment. Here’s presenting part II, where we go deep into the domestic cricket across the globe and take out more such streaking incidents.

1.  Double trouble (England vs Pakistan, Lord’s and Edgbaston, 2010): There were two incidents of streaking reported during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010. More remembered for the spot-fixing issue, the tour had some more spice added when first a male streaker in the second Test at Edgbaston and then a female streaker in the fourth Test at Lord’s intruded the field.

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2.  Horror for Fleming (New Zealand vs Australia, Christchurch, 2005): Christchurch is perhaps home to most notorious of cricket fans, as majority of streaking incidents have been reported in the city. In 2005, on day 3 of the first Trans-Tasman Test between the neighbour countries, a female straker invaded the field and was caught promptly. New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming was captured emoting horror during the incident.

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3.  The Tentman (Australia vs Kent, tour match, Ashes 2015): An interesting streaking incident was reported during Australia’s tour of England for Ashes 2015 in Canterbury, where the visitors were playing Kent in a tour match. To add some fun to the match, a partially naked streaker leaped the boundary, entered the field and pitched in a tent in virtually no time. After a few seconds of fame, he was taken out of the field along with his tent by the security guards.

4.  Bashed at Big Bash (Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars BBL match, Sydney, 2015): Streaking made its way to Twenty20 (T20) leagues as an incident was reported during Big Bash League (BBL) 2015 season. During Sydney Sixers’ innings in the match against Melbourne Stars, play was halted when a man, wearing only his underwear, ran onto the field and made it all the way to the pitch, where he did a small gig. “Look out, we’ve got an arrow on the streaker,” commentator Mark Waugh said in reference to an on-screen graphic. “Someone should give him a good clip,” Waugh’s co-commentator Ricky Ponting added. The man was finally cornered by security guards before being taken down forcefully.

5.  The Wanderer (South Africa vs Australia, Johannesburg, 2009): During the fifth ODI between South Africa and Australia at the Wanderers in 2009, a male streaker, who had dreadlocks and was carrying a South African flag, invaded the field and was soon caught by the security officials.

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6.  No Harm done to Harmison (England vs West Indies, Old Trafford, 2007): During day 3 of the third Test between England and West Indies at Old Trafford in 2007, Steve Harmison of England was in for a shock when a male streaker not only made his way to the pitch, but also hugged the England fast bowler, who was surprised, not pleasantly though.

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7.  The Acrobat (England vs South Africa, Edgbaston, 2008): An acrobatic streaker invaded the pitch during the third day of the third Test between England and South Africa at Edgbaston, in 2008. The male streaker, who came out during England’s innings, also did a few acrobatic stunts on the pitch before leaving the ground.

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8.  ‘Borat’ (Australia vs Sussex, tour match, Ashes 2009): A streaker titled ‘Borat’ entered the field of play during day 2 of the four-day tour match ahead of the Ashes between Sussex and visiting Australians in 2009 in Hove. The streaker came in when the Aussies were batting and ran around the field before leaving the ground. He was titled ‘Borat’, presumably after a popular character on ‘Da Ali G Show’, who does crap things.

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9.  Mind the balls bails (Somerset vs Durham, Pro40 game, Taunton, 2009): A bald, naked streaker, who had his sunglasses on, invaded the pitch and leaped the stumps during the NatWest Pro40 Division One match between Somerset and Durham at the County Cricket Ground in 2009 in Taunton.

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10.  The gentlewoman (Malcolm Marshall XI and the International PCA Bunbury XI, London, 2000):

In July 2000, some of world’s finest ever cricketers took part in charity match, a specially arranged One-Day match between a Malcolm Marshall XI and an International PCA Bunbury XI, to honour the late West Indies and Hampshire fast bowler Malcolm Marshall, who had tragically died of cancer in the previous year. Greats like Sir Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Joel Garner, Michael Holding and then the current players Brian Lara, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, and Andrew Flintoff etc. participated in the match, the proceeds from which went to the Mali Marshall Trust named after late cricketer’s son.

During the match, a female streaker made her way to the field while the Bunbury XI team was batting. Renowned comedian Rory Bremner, who was also partaking in the match for the Bunbury XI, shook hands with the ‘gentle’ bespectacled streaker, who was wearing her panties and did not create any ruckus.

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(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricLife and CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)