A large crowd packed into Trent Bridge today to witness the world's first invisible cricket match. The game features no players, no equipment, and no umpires - simply an empty field upon which the audience imagines the action.
Invisible cricket has been introduced to counter the declining attendances the sport has been experiencing in recent years. Some complain the game is too slow for a modern audience - but now fans can see whatever they want to see.
In an action-packed day imaginary balls were hit for fours, whacked for sixes, and one fictional team posted a new world record of 4911 runs. Some people imagined the game played in beautiful sunshine; others reported heavy storms with lightening bolts blasting the playing pitch. Some reported UFOs, raging hordes of Mongol warriors, streakers, an impromptu visit by the Pope in his private helicopter, acts of bestiality on the playing strip, and an umpire who spontaneously burst into flames.