Headingley bars shut early

Wednesday 01st September 2021 08:02 EDT

There was a capacity crowd of 16,991 at Headingley but by late in the evening session there were some sparsely populated stands after Yorkshire took the decision to shut the bars in the ground at 4.45 pm. The closure, which was 45 minutes earlier than on Thursday last, came with 28 overs of play still remaining in the day, meaning significant numbers of spectators - some of whom were audibly angry - decided to leave the ground.

Yorkshire said the decision had been taken by their ground safety officer, who has the discretion to close the bars if he believes that further alcohol sales could lead to drunk-and-disorderly behaviour.
After the dismissal of Rohit Sharma, play was interrupted by a pitch invader - the same one who had got on to the playing field during the second Test at Lord’s. The fan, known as “Jarvo”, walked to the crease in full cricket gear including pads, gloves, helmet and a bat and tried to take guard before Virat Kohli had got to the crease.

He was eventually removed by security guards and now faces a ban from Headingley, as well as Lord’s where he is already banned. Although the crowd enjoyed the antics, Jonny Bairstow was unimpressed and kicked a batting glove towards the rotund invader in disgust.

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