Tuesday 23 January 2018

Cricket: Window pain for England fan struck after Prior smashes glass

England wicketkeeper Matthew Prior apologised to a woman who was cut by flying glass after his bat broke the window of the team's dressing-room window at Lord's yesterday.

Furious at being run out for four on the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka, which ended in a draw, Prior broke a window, sending glass tumbling down on the members below.

The incident, which left a 12-inch hole in the glass clearly visible from the other end of the ground, left a female spectator with a cut ankle.

Captain Andrew Strauss said: "It was one of those unfortunate incidents. Matt didn't mean to break the window at all. But it was dangerous and Matt went down straight away to apologise."

The damage was initially blamed upon a thrown glove ricocheting off a kit bag and knocking some bats resting on the windowpane, but spokesman James Avery insisted: "Prior put his bat on the ledge where the wall met the window. The bat handle bounced off the wall into the glass and the glass broke."

After setting the tourists 343 to win in 58 overs -- with Alastair Cook making his sixth century in nine Tests and Eoin Morgan holing out for four -- England's aim was to spark a collapse similar to the first Test, when Sri Lanka were skittled for 82.

But the flurry of wickets never materialised, with Tharanga Paranavitana (44) showing courage and character to keep England at bay as the visitors battled to 127-3 by the close.

Irish Independent

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