Cricket clash suspended due to ‘critical incident’ as helicopter lands on field

The County Championship clash between Gloucestershire and Durham was interrupted after a helicopter landed on the outfield during the first over of play.

The helicopter was a Great Western Air Ambulance and the players were forced to leave the field while the helicopter landed, with the crew then quickly making their way off the pitch to deal with a nearby incident.

During the interruption both Gloucestershire and Durham tweeted: "A Great Western Air Ambulance has landed on the outfield due to a critical incident nearby. Play will commence as soon as possible."

After a delay of around 20 minutes, the helicopter flew off again and play was able to resume, with Gloucestershire tweeting: "The Great Western Air Ambulance has left the field.

"Thankfully they have been able to tend to a nearby incident and play can now continue!"

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According to the BBC, the medical emergency occurred outside the ground.

At the time, just five balls had been bowled in the match and Durham were 5-0, with openers Alex Lees and Michael Jones at the crease.

Durham bowler Chris Rushworth tweeted a video of the helicopter's landing and wrote: "This is a first!!!!! Helicopter stops play."

It is not the first time something like this has happened at a County Championship game as an air ambulance halted play at Old Trafford during a game between Lancashire and Essex back in June 2018.

That time, the helicopter landed on the outfield to tend to an ill spectator, forcing the game to be delayed by around 35 minutes.

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