Dog steals ball during Irish cricket match and brings game to a halt

Dog steals ball during Irish cricket match
(Image credit: Guardian/YouTube)

‘Dog steals ball during Irish cricket match’ probably isn’t the headline you were expecting to read as another week gets underway, but if you think you’re shocked, spare a thought for the women playing their hearts out in the All-Ireland T20 Cup semi-final on Saturday. 

In a ‘you’ve got to see it to believe it’ moment, the exciting match between Bready and the Civil Service North of Ireland (CSNI) was stopped mid-play after a rather frenetic furry fan sprinted onto the field and took off with the ball. 

The now-viral video clip, which was tweeted by Ireland Women’s Cricket and has already wracked up over 3 million views, shows CSNI attempting to field a strong hit from a Bready batswoman when a dog who had escaped its owner runs across the field with his leash trailing behind him and grabs the ball. 

“Oh! The dog has the ball!” a commentator can be heard saying before he and his colleague erupt into the laughter.

Several of the players attempt to run after him before a young man who appears to be the dog’s owner sprints onto the field and gives chase. The dog eventually runs into the arms of one of the Bready players who is crouched down near the wicket.

“There we go, I think we’ve retrieved the ball,” one of the commentators quips before adding “it may need a clean.”

As yet, there’s no word on the name of this hardcore mystery cricket fan, although delighted viewers have already nicknamed him ‘Spaniel Vettori’, a nod to New Zealand former cricketer Daniel Vettori who was the first left-arm spinner to take 300+ wickets. 

Kathryn Williams
Freelance writer

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has been a member of the PetsRadar family since it launched in 2020. Highly experienced in her field, she's driven by a desire to provide pet parents with accurate, timely, and informative content that enables them to provide their fur friends with everything they need to thrive. Kathryn works closely with vets and trainers to ensure all articles offer the most up-to-date information across a range of pet-related fields, from insights into health and behavior issues to tips on products and training. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with her family (which includes one super sassy cat), drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and reading all the books.