To the long list of bizarre stoppages in cricket can now be added "umpire stops play". It happened in the Second XI match between Surrey and Derbyshire at The Oval, which finished in a draw yesterday.
After Derbyshire had declared their first innings on 588 for 7, Surrey's openers, Scott Newman and Nadeem Shahid, hammered their way to 500 off 73 overs. Billy Bowden, the umpire scheduled to take charge of the fourth Test between England and South Africa next week, halted proceedings. The New Zealander produced a camera and made the batsmen pose in front of the scoreboard with the legend 500 for 0 as a backdrop.
The partnership ended on 552. Newman made 284 and Shahid 266. Surrey scored 682.Reuse content