Fire forces to stop play in Sheffield Shield match in WACA
An incident of fire has made an ongoing match to halt in the Sheffield Shield clash between Western Australia and Tasmania at the WACA Ground on Thursday.
Western Australia and Tasmania cricketers walked back to the pavilion earlier than the scheduled time for lunch after on-field umpire spotted the fire and signaled the penultimate delivery of the 26th over delivered by Jackson Bird as a dead ball.
The players were apparently not aware of the reason behind it; square leg umpire Paul Wilson explained the situation to both sides and everyone including the players and officials went outside the field.
The fire service officials took control and the second session’s play resumed on time.
It is reported that an air conditioning unit at the back of the pavilion caused the small fire, and it was quickly brought under control.
Western Australia Cricket Association said in an official statement, “The fire outside the back of the Players Pavilion was caused by the air conditioning unit and is now under control. Fire services are on-site and have assessed the situation. Players have been allowed back into the Pavilion for lunch.”
However, this is not the first time a Sheffield Shield fixture has been interrupted duo to fire.
Some twelve months ago, a false fire alarm awoke everyone on the ground when off-spinner Nathan Lyon burned a toast in the toaster resulting the play being stopped for 30 minutes and a total evacuation.
Nine months ago, the Test match procedure between New Zealand and South Africa was stopped for 15 minutes as an emergency alarm at Dunedin’s University Oval forced a full evacuation of the venue.