Cricket player's spaniel invades the pitch and catches the ball

Dog stops play! Hilarious moment cricket player’s spaniel invades the pitch and catches the ball when her owner bats

  • A cocker spaniel called Dazzle brought a cricket semi-final to a stop on Saturday
  • The match saw CSNI take on Bready in the Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup
  • Footage showed Dazzle intercept the ball during play and evade the fielders
  • Dazzle gave the ball back to her owner Aoife Fisher, who was batting for CSNI

A cricket player’s dog brought a semi-final match to a complete halt after invading the pitch and playing fetch with the ball while her owner was batting.

The cocker spaniel, called Dazzle, showed off her fielding skills as Bready took on Civil Service Northern Ireland (CSNI) during the semi-final of the women’s Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup on Saturday.

The unlikely pitch invader managed to evade fielders at Bready Cricket Club in the Co Tyrone village and would only give the ball back to her owner Aoife Fisher, 16, who was batting for CSNI at the time of the chase.

Hilarious footage, broadcast by Cricket Ireland, shows Ms Fischer hit the ball and a Bready fielder begins to chase it, only to be joined by the CSNI player’s eager pooch Dazzle.

A cricket player’s cocker spaniel, called Dazzle, ran on to the pitch as Bready took on Civil Service Northern Ireland during the the women’s Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup

Dazzle evaded fielders at Bready Cricket Club and would only give the ball back to her owner Aoife Fisher (both pictured), 16, who was batting for CSNI during the semi-final match

The fielder manages to throw the ball back to the wicket keeper, but the run-out attempt is thrown wide of the stumps and Dazzle manages to snatch the ball, dragging her lead behind her.

The commentators laugh and exclaim: ‘Oh the dog has the ball! Now there we go, dog has stopped play!’

Dazzle hilariously manages to evade the fielders as she sprints around the field, before obediently taking it back into the arms of her owner.

The amused commentators say: ‘They’ve managed to retrieve the ball, it may need a clean.’

Hilarious footage, broadcast by Cricket Ireland, shows Ms Fischer hit the ball and a Bready fielder chases it, only to be joined by the CSNI player’s eager pooch Dazzle

As a run-out attempt is thrown wide of the stumps, Dazzle manages to snatch the ball, and sprints around the pitch before obediently returning the ball to Ms Fisher 

After seeming pleased with herself for giving the ball to Ms Fisher, Dazzle is dragged off the pitch by a teenage boy, believed to be Ms Fisher’s brother, as he finally managed to catch the speedy pooch.

Unluckily for CSNI, Dazzle’s interference did not help them seize victory, as Bready won the game by 11 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method to book a place in the final against Pembroke.

Ms Fisher told the Belfast Telegraph how she saw Dazzle race on to the pitch out of the corner of her eye while she was batting.

Ms Fisher, who started playing cricket when she was seven, said: ‘As the ball went near her, she sprinted on to the pitch and caught it — she was so fast!

‘She did a couple of twirls and then I could see her looking for me so I went down onto my knees and called her.

‘She ran towards me with the ball and she was so happy to have brought me a wee present.’

Unluckily for CSNI, Dazzle’s (pictured with the ball) interference did not help them seize victory, as Bready won the game by 11 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method

Ms Fisher’s father Jon, mother Patricia and her brothers James, 14, Luke, 12, and Jude, 10, were all watching the chaos unfold from the sidelines.

The cricket player said CSNI knew they were going to lose the match by that point, so Dazzle’s interference helped to lighten the mood and gave them an ‘extra spark of hope’.

She said that Dazzle was met by applause and laughter from the other cricket players when someone managed to grab her lead and take her off the pitch.

Ms Fisher, a student at the Friends School Lisburn, said Dazzle always joins her and her siblings when they play cricket in their back garden, saying the dog is their ‘best fielder’.

Her mother Patricia quipped that Dazzle’s fielding was ‘great publicity for women’s cricket, adding: ‘Dazzle idolises Aoife; she was determined to bring her the ball.’ 

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