Cricketers Take Cover as 'Massive' Swarm of Bees Halts Game in Ireland

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A “massive” swarm of bees invaded a cricket field in Cork, Ireland, on Wednesday, June 7, forcing players, officials and spectators to dive for cover.

Match footage from Cricket Ireland shows the incident unfold as commentators express disbelief at the scene. “I’ve never seen this before,” one commentator says, as players lay on the ground to avoid being stung. “Well, now you know, folks: if you see a huge swarm of bees coming towards you, hit the deck as soon as you possibly can,” he adds.

According to a press release, the bees began building a hive on a fence in front of the pavilion before a local beekeeper secured the queen, waited for the other bees to follow her, and safely removed them.

After play resumed that evening, the Northern Knights won the match against the Munster Reds. Credit: Cricket Ireland/Oisin Keniry via Storyful