ESPN reporter Melinda Farrell was blindsided while delivering a report with her back to action. Who hit her unintentionally?
Well, no other than the notorious big-hittingÂ New Zealand cricketer Tim Southee. He was the one who accidentally whacked her back.
That hurt, for sure, but she told everyone she’s fine.
26-year-old Southee was practicing his batting at the Lord’s Cricket Ground when he unintentionally thumped Farrell in her back with a stray cricket ball. Just as the ESPN reporter began to deliver with her back to the cricket field, there came the ball from the player’s side.
This really shocked everyone including Farrell and her co-reporters Andrew McGlashan and George Dobell who narrowly avoided the ball. An audible whack was heard when it struck Farrell in the back and was actually captured on camera. No wonder, she became a news the following day.
Southee, being a gentleman, quickly rushed over to Farrell to check if she’s ok and also to apologize, but the latter said she’s fine.
The Kiwi player thought the ball might have hit the reporter in the head but it turned out, she’s not. Luckily, the reporter was wearing a jacket. That certainly saved her from worse pain.
When it was pointed out that she’ll have a bruise after her first ever cricket injury, Farrell said she would wear it with pride, a badge of honor.
On Wednesday, Farrell tweeted: “Thanks for all the messages and tweets. I’m fine. Barely felt it. Kinda. And Tim Southee was really lovely with his concern. Hilarious day.”
Good thing Melinda didn’t bear any grudge against the Black Caps star. As for Southee, well, better be careful next time, kid!