Friday 15 December 2017

Video: Unbelievable stroke of luck for Ed Joyce in Cricket World Cup

Ireland sing the national anthem before the start of play during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates
Ireland sing the national anthem before the start of play during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates

Ireland batsman Ed Joyce benefited from a huge stroke of luck in Wednesday's World Cup match against the United Arab Emirates.

UAE fast bowler Amjad Javed delivered a terrific ball that raced through the defences of Joyce and clipped the off stump.

However the left-hander was handed a staggering reprieve when the bails shuffled from their groove and landed back in place.

The electronic red bail light signalling contact had lit up when the white ball struck the outside of the black stump, but Joyce could not be given out and the former England batsman was handed a second life.

That was a major relief for Ireland, who at the time were 35 for one in pursuit of a 277 victory target. To add insult to injury, Joyce drove the next ball from Javed down the ground for a boundary.

Earlier, UAE batsman Shaiman Anwar cracked 106 from 83 balls to lead a recovery from 131 for six, resulting in a team total of 276 for nine.

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