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South Africa vs New Zealand Test: Dunedin venue evacuated after fire alarm set off

A False Alarm Going Off In The Main Grandstand In Dunedin On Friday Caused Delay In Play On Day 3 Of The First Test Between New Zealand And South Africa, Forcing An Evacuation Of The Entire Venue.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Gautam Lalotra | Updated on: 10 Mar 2017, 11:29:20 AM
Dunedin Cricket Ground at New Zealand - File Photo (getty)

New Delhi:

A false alarm going off in the main grandstand in Dunedin on Friday caused delay in play on Day 3 of the first test between New Zealand and South Africa, forcing an evacuation of the entire venue.

The alarm went off at University Oval in Dunedin after tea on the third day with South Africa 14 for one in their second innings, still 19 runs behind New Zealand's 341.

The main stand, which houses the changing rooms, was being evacuated before an announcement was made that the entire venue had to be evacuated, causing confusion among the players and crowd.

As per media reports, Fire engines arrived at the stadium while the spectators were chanting, "show me the fire,"
The fire department then checked the grandstand and later cleared for the play to resume.

When play resumed, South African openers Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla negotiated the NZ spinners well , pushing South Africa back into the lead until bad light finally ended play with 10 overs remaining.


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First Published : 10 Mar 2017, 11:22:00 AM

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