As many may know, we here at AA not only delight in announcing from here in the good old USA, but also around the world.  But, I think it’s safe to say today may bring us the first, and last announcing highlight from the world of cricket in Great Britain.  Apparently cricket commentator Edward Bevan was announcing your standard, boring cricket match in Wales when a ball was crushed by Somerset’s Peter Trego.  Listen to the clip below as Bevan announces the flight of the ball heading for the commentary box, realizes it’s about to hit him, and then does!

I don’t know about you, but I’m not surprised a British cricket commentator was able to hold his poise when facing his own near-death experience at the hands of a wicked cricket shot.  Can you imagine a more excitable announcer like Kevin Harlan or Gus Johnson (although he’s come close before) reacting to a ball heading right towards them?  Although Bevan was shaken up for several minutes after being struck, he was able to continue, after all, he’s a cricket commentator!  Just tape that baby up and get back to work!  Suffice to say this show of poise and grit might even start to change the stereotype surrounding cricket commentators.  Although, judging by the clip below, maybe the stereotype of British cricket announcers isn’t what it used to be!

[BBC News]