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An extra-terrestrial boundary hit at Sussex cricket match

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Jan Marszel and Richard Haynes were left wondering “howzat?” as their cricket viewing was rudely interrupted by a visitor from space.

A five inch long meteorite crashed to Earth in front of them while them were having a pint and watching England player Luke Wright at bat when they had their close encounter.

“We were sitting at the boundary edge when all of a sudden, out of a blue sky, we saw this small dark object hurtling towards us. One piece bounced up and hit me in the chest and the other ended up against the boundary board. It came across at quite a speed – if it had hit me full on it could have been very interesting."

Quite interesting… what a typically British understatement.

Of course the most famous extra-terrestrial invasion of a cricket match is from Douglas Adams’ third hitch-hikers book, Life, the Universe and Everything when Arthur and Ford appeared in the middle of The Oval on a sofa.

Still, a meteorite slamming down from the skies will do for the real world. Although I wonder if anyone who knows the rules of the game could tell us what would have happened if the space rock had hit the wickets or damaged the crease.

More at The Telegraph, picture (of another meteorite) by AstroWoosie.

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