The Irish cricket team’s match against England was delayed marginally due to Just Stop Oil protesters blocking a road in London.
At 11 a.m., the first day of the one-off test between England and Ireland was scheduled to commence at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Just Stop Oil tweeted a brief clip of the protest with the caption, “Apparently this is the England cricket team transport. They may be familiar with batting collapses, but the climate crisis is not a one-day international; it is our greatest challenge.”
In an additional press release, the campaign group stated, “At 8 a.m., approximately 50 Just Stop Oil supporters split into five groups and began marching around Hyde Park and Battersea Park.
“At approximately 8:37 p.m., a mini-march of four people walking on Kensington Gore was observed delaying the England cricket team’s coach,”
Ireland cricket match delayed by London Just Stop Oil protestors.
“Within minutes, police arrived on the scene and affixed a Public Order Act (Section 12) notice on the march, putting an end to it by 8:43 p.m. By 10:00 am, all teams were on the road. We anticipate additional marches later this morning.”
A spokesperson for the organization added, “We don’t want to be slow-marching on the road. We would rather be working or watching cricket.
“But what else can we do when our government is pushing for a genocidal policy of new oil and gas?”
The match started five minutes later than scheduled.
Last weekend, Just Stop Oil protestors also disrupted the Gallagher Premiership final between Saracens and Sale at Twickenham.
Midway through the first half, two individuals donning Just Stop Oil T-shirts invaded the field and threw orange paint powder before being removed by security personnel.
April witnessed a comparable incident at the Crucible during the World Snooker Championship.
The match between Robert Milkins and Joe Perry was interrupted when a man wearing a T-shirt that read “Just Stop Oil” rushed onto table one and sprinkled orange pigment over the cloth.
Before the Ashes commence on June 16, England begin their red-ball campaign with a four-day Test against Ireland at Lord’s.