County Championship 2021: Helicopter stops play during Gloucestershire vs Durham clash
It was a Great Western Air Ambulance which is a charity organisation.
Updated - Sep 21, 2021 6:32 pm
New round of County Championship got underway on Tuesday (September 21). One of the matches was between Gloucestershire and Durham at County Ground in Bristol. Durham opted to bat first after winning the toss but in the very first over, the play had to be stopped. A helicopter landed on the field even as all the players and umpires walked off the field.
After some time it was revealed that the helicopter was of Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAAC) which is a charity organisation. They do lifesaving work for the people and runs on the donations given by the public. GWACC landed the helicopter in the stadium in order to attend a critical incident nearby.
The critical patient was outside the stadium but they could attend him/her early due to the access they got to land inside the stadium. The helicopter flew off again after 20 minutes and soon after, the play resumed as well.
Here’s the video:
A Great Western Air Ambulance has landed on the outfield due to a critical incident nearby.
Play will commence as soon as possible.
— Durham Cricket (@DurhamCricket) September 21, 2021
The CEO of GWAAC, Anna Perry thanked the concerned people for allowing the helicopter to land in the ground. “Thank you so much to all the players & officials who allowed @GWAAC to land so our crew could reach a nearby patient quickly,” she tweeted.
Thank you so much to all the players & officials who allowed @GWAAC to land so our crew could reach a nearby patient quickly. Great Western Air Ambulance Charity relies on donations from the public in order to carry out our lifesaving work. https://t.co/P716GEGkL7
— Anna Perry (@annap215) September 21, 2021
Not the first instance of helicopter stopping play
This is not the first time that a helicopter has landed on the field during the County Championship game. In 2018, an air ambulance halted play during the game between Lancashire and Essex at Old Trafford to attend an ill spectator.
As far as the ongoing match is concerned, Durham are struggling early in the game after opting to bat first. They have lost five wickets so far (at the time of writing this report) with the opener Alex Lees scoring 40 runs. The likes of David Bedingham (19) and Ned Eckersley (20) got off to starts but couldn’t carry on to make a significant score. David Payne and Zafar Gohar have picked two wickets each while Graeme van Buuren has scalped one.