David Lloyd had arguably his strangest moment in the press box when he was joined by a pair of stormtroopers whilst calling the T20 Blast game between Leicestershire and Birmingham on Sunday night, reports Sky Sports.
It seems that, when they are not hunting around a desert planet looking for droids, stormtroopers are partial to the odd game of cricket.
But their presence certainly came as a surprise to the commentator. An unusually bewildered Bumble didn’t really know what to say when they were ushered in alongside him.
It was a tough job for the sci-fi suited fans, who struggled getting up and down the steps to the commentary box in their respective costumes, in order to spend some time with the former England coach.
Lloyd’s perplexed reaction to the whole episode was to simply ask: “Where do they find these people?”
Last year, Darth Vader’s minions took to the streets of Manchester to perform the role of ‘crowd control’ during open auditions for roles in the seventh Star Wars film.
No strangers to inter-galactic spaceships, on this occasion the stormtroopers were at Grace Road to witness some high-octane T20 action.
In the middle it was a battle between the Leicestershire Foxes and Birmingham Bears – the hosts won the toss and elected to bowl first.
But that decision would have been regretted once Joshua Cobb saw the blistering start that the visitors made.
The Birmingham Ewoks began the innings as they meant to go on with a rapid partnership of 49 for the first wicket in the opening overs.
Varun Chopra was dismissed for 24, but opening partner, William Porterfield, would add to the small foundation that the pair had already built up.
Unlike the death star, there was no need for rebuilding during the innings, thanks to the stalwartness of Porterfield. The Irish opener made 67 from 46 balls, before trundling back to the pavilion at the end of the 16th over.
Supporting cast roles were performed by Laurie Evans (23) and Ateeq Javid (27) as Birmingham – Warwickshire’s T20 format name – posted 175-9 from their allotted overs.
In reply, Leicestershire were slow starters, which condemned hopes of a victory early on.
After a sluggish outset to the innings – and the fall of three early wickets – Ramnaresh Sarwan tried to strike back.
The West Indian’s 37 was useful, but came at only a run a ball. Tom Wells held the side’s best hope, but his 51 from 30 balls proved to be too little too late.
Wells was dismissed from the final ball of the match, as Birmingham won by 25 runs.
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