Mark Cosgrove helmets the ball: The veteran batsman was seen defending the ball in a very strange manner at Chester-le-Street.
During the ongoing second division county match between Durham and Leicestershire at Chester-le-Street, veteran Leicestershire batsman Mark Cosgrove’s strange defensive technique has brought him into instant limelight across social media platforms.
It all happened when Cosgrove “helmeted” a delivery from Durham pacer Ben Raine. With the right-arm pacer bowling round the wicket, Cosgrove walked down the track to eventually hit the ball with his helmet. Having ricocheted from his helmet, the ball went straight into the hands of the first slip fielder.
Initially uploaded on the official Twitter account of County Championship, the video went on to make the round with multiple channels uploading or retweeting it.
After the away team in Leicestershire won the toss and chose to field, the hosts piled up an impressive 544/9 in 139.3 overs. Opening batsman Alex Lees top-scored for his team with his 14th First-class century. Before getting out in the 87th over, Lees ended up scoring 181 (265) with the help of 25 fours.
Durham fast bowler Brydon Carse’s bowling figures of 20-5-63-6 played a pivotal role in the hosts bundling out Leicestershire for 236 in 84.4 overs in the first innings. Having scored 53 (139) with the help of five fours, opening batsman Hassan Azad was the pick of the batsmen for Leicestershire.
Not able to save the follow-on, the visitors are currently batting in their second innings. At the time of writing this article, Cosgrove and Colin Ackermann have scored individual half-centuries and have stitched a 100-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Mark Cosgrove helmets the ball:
— County Championship (@CountyChamp) August 21, 2019
How Twitter reacted:
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) August 21, 2019
Glanced on into the top corner by Mark Cosgrove 😂
— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) August 21, 2019
Mark Cosgrove heads it away, because ducking or evading is so mainstream🤯⚽️pic.twitter.com/SUTizUCGqA
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 21, 2019
Such finesse from Mark Cosgrove!
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) August 21, 2019
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