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Flying ants seize control at Centurion

Reuters
Oct 02, 2009 at 11:46pm IST

Centurion: A mini-plague of flying ants prevented Australia's run-chase from starting in their Champions Trophy semi-final against England at Centurion on Friday.

England had been bowled out for 257, a total inspired by a seventh-wicket stand of 107 between Luke Wright (48) and Tim Bresnan (80), but the two teams left the field almost immediately after they had arrived in the middle after the break between innings.

Umpires Billy Bowden and Aleem Dar took their positions, but then waved the players off the field as a large number of flying ants swarmed around and on the pitch in the day/night game.

Flying ants seize control at Centurion

A mini-plague of flying ants held up Australia's run-chase for 12 minutes.

Flying ants can form massive mating swarms in early summer, particularly before thunderstorms.

The delay lasted for about 12 minutes before the insects cleared away from the middle of the field.

There was no reduction to either the number of runs Australia need or the number of overs for England to bowl.

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