That's village! Watch the worst two-ball innings of all time... with a humiliating end

By Phil Gradwell

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When a new batsman heads for the crease, his first thoughts will usually be 'get forward, get in line and get behind it.'

It seems village cricketer Mark Armitage did not engage his brain at all, if this video is anything to go by.

Armitage opened the batting for Eastwood against Bradfield, trotting out in a hockey mask and asking the umpire for middle stump.

Taking guard: Mark Armitage looks composed

Taking guard: Mark Armitage looks composed 

That's got to hurt: Armitage is hit in the box

That's got to hurt: Armitage is hit in the box

Undignified: Armitage is knocked off his feet by the delivery

Undignified: Armitage is knocked off his feet by the delivery

Down and out: Armitage falls to the ground - and was walking off the next ball

Down and out: Armitage falls to the ground - and was walking off the next ball

That was about as good as it got. The first ball hit him square in the box, and he spun round and fell over, setting all the fielders off into predictable fits of giggles.

And, somehow, the next ball was even more humiliating, as he tried to slog sweep a short ball, top-edged it into his grille, span round again and hit his own wicket with his bat.

Despite that debacle, he was grinning when he went off and was even high-fived by a team-mate. Some people are easily pleased.

 

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He's almost as bad as Bairstow-England's next number 6?

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I don't think he would fake a smack in the box would you?

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Imagine if he had of connected, with that wind up and bat speed the poor criket ball would be sinking somewhere off the coast of France or Ireland.

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The search for a way to go out never ends. He must have had a horse in the next race.

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Opening batsman? Are you sure? He looked worse than a number 11.

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Faked?

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Best laugh of the day so far.

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