Australia fell agonisingly short of a miraculous escape against New Zealand in the first ODI in Auckland on Monday, bowled out six runs short of their target after Marcus Stoinis dragged the visitors back from a hopeless position.
And while the vast majority of the 28,000-strong crowd at Eden Park felt relief and elation following Kane Williamson’s clutch run-out of Josh Hazlewood to end the game, at least one man would have sympathised with the gallant Aussies.
A fleet-footed streaker made his way onto the field and did all the hard work, getting all the way to the opposite side of the ground, crossing the boundary rope…and then tripping as he hurdled the advertising hoardings.
As he attempted to regain his feet – and with the daylight of the surrounding streets within reach – the exhibitionist was pummelled by security staff, escorted out of the ground and certain to face a court date and a hefty fine.
Sport can be so cruel.