Finland’s use of eight slips vs England leaves cricket fans bewildered

During Finland's European Championship Cricket clash against an England XI, they won the toss and elected to field, starting the match with an incredibly attacking field.

With Finland having only won one game so far, a five run victory over Italy, they lined up with eight slip fielders and a leg slip for the first ball.

And the commentator tasked with broadcasting the action could not quite believe what he was seeing.

"Oh my goodness gracious me, look at this field," he said. "We’ve got eight slips, and a leg slip for the first ball of the match to be bowled by Amjad Sher. Well, this is extraordinary."

Cricket fans on social media were also left bewildered by the field, with one simply writing, with one user @Wattoefc writing on Twitter : "What on earth is that."

Another cricket fan, called @CSKian716, amusingly wrote "Finland's captain: I think the ball is gonna swing a bit."

Many others continued to lap up the bizarre field set-up, with @lifecricketing joking: "Psst… the word on the street is that this lad has a big outswinger."

Another amusingly made a reference to James Anderson, with @England_Fanatic saying: "Field when @jimmy9 come to bowl."

And finally, another joked: "Would have been enjoyable if an edge had gone past 8th slip for 4. "I told you to put a 9th, captain.""

Former Australian leg-spinner Brad Hogg wrote on Twitter: "Poor captaincy, beat the outside edge, ball swinging, batsman vulnerable, keep the field in place for the next ball."

However, the field did not prove successful as the England batter played and missed at the opening delivery.

England also went on to win the game by 14 runs, after scoring 113-4 in their innings with captain Dan Lincoln making 56 off 26 balls.

In response, Finland made 99-6, with Matthew Jenkinson scoring 39 not out from 26 balls.

Player of the match Lincoln featured in two T20 Blast games and one County Championship fixture for Kent earlier this year after there was a Covid outbreak within their squad.

Lincoln has also previously played for Middlesex and was on the books of Championship club Reading as a goalkeeper, making the bench for two league games in the 2014-15 campaign.

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