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Rumours a run has occurred on Day 4 of the second test between the Black Caps and Pakistan

The run is said to have been scored by batsman Ross Taylor, pictured here doing a dance.

The run is said to have been scored by batsman Ross Taylor, pictured here doing a dance.

There are rumours circulating this evening that a run may have occurred at Hamilton’s Seddon Park, during Day 4 of the second test between the Black Caps and Pakistan.

While not yet independently confirmed, spectators at the ground say that one run did occur just after 3pm this afternoon, in the second session.

Others say it happened closer to 3:30pm, just before the tea break, which has led some to question the veracity of the claims.

“I wouldn’t get too excited about this,” said cricket historian Garth Neville. “It’s certainly possible a run has occurred, but extraordinary claims do warrant extraordinary evidence, and I have yet to see that. In fact, everything I’ve heard so far has been fairly conflicting.”

Neville said that, from a spectator’s point of view at the ground, what looked like a run may have just been an attempt that was quickly abandoned.

It may also have been “a bird,” he said.

“When you’re sitting for hours on end watching a bunch of far away men stand around on a field, you do start to see things after a while.”

A run is an extremely rare event in test cricket, and if today’s rumours prove true, it may be a significant boost to the New Zealand Black Caps, whose Ross Taylor is said to have scored the run.

Sky TV said it was reviewing the footage of today’s play to try and ascertain whether there was a run, but the person it had hired to do so had fallen asleep “several times.”

“Each time, obviously, we have to have him start again,” said a spokesperson. “He might’ve missed it.”

Even those commentating the game at the alleged time of the run, Waqar Younis and Simon Doull, could not verify it, as the on-screen camera was at that point zoomed to somewhere outside the ground, and they were talking about trees, as well as engaging in an in-depth analysis of where they had parked their cars.