Notorious cricket pitch invader crashes London NFL game

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Daniel Jarvis, known as Jarvo 69, in confronted by Jacksonville Jaguars' Logan Cooke as he invades the pitch during the match between the Jacksoville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
Infamous pitch invader Daniel Jarvis, known as Jarvo, disrupted kick-off of the London NFL game between the Jacksoville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. Pic: Getty

Infamous cricket pitch invader ‘Jarvo’ was up to his old tricks during the NFL International Series game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

‘Jarvo’ gained notoriety for his regular appearances during the English summer of cricket, finding his way onto the field on three separate occasions during the Test Match series between England and India. 

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On each occasion the man, whose real name is Daniel Jarvis, was kitted out in full Indian team kit in an attempt to impersonate a player.

The YouTube prankster was at it again in London, charging onto the field fully-clad in a makeshift football helmet and Jaguars jersey with ‘Jarvo 69’ emblazoned on the back, just as the opening kickoff was taking place.

Referees were forced to blow the play dead as they waited for security to remove the intruder. Jarvo exchanged handshakes with confused Jaguars players before eventually being escorted from the field.

English cricket fans were quick to recognise Jarvo, although not everyone was impressed with his antics, with many taking to social media to label the compulsive trespasser a ‘moron’.

Jarvo's history of invading cricket matches

Jarvo made his first on-field cricket cameo during the second Test Match between India and England at Lord’s earlier in the summer. 

He re-emerged in his India whites the following game, making his way out to bat at Headingly after India had lost a wicket. 

His third and final appearance occurred at The Oval, where he somehow managed to evade security once again, before running up to crease and bowling a ball.

Pitch invader Jarvo pretends to bowl as he delays play on the second day of the fourth cricket Test match between England and India at the Oval cricket ground in London on September 3, 2021.
Notorious cricket pitch invader Jarvo interrupts a Test Match between India and England at The Oval. Pic: Getty

However, his brief stay in the middle of the pitch for Sunday’s NFL clash did nothing to take away from what turned out to be a thrilling contest between two of the league’s cellar-dwellers.

The Jaguars, who feature Australian defensive end Adam Gotsis on their roster, mounted a late comeback to secure a 23-20 win courtesy of a 53-yard game-winning field goal from Matthew Wright as time expired.

Jacksonville set up the game-winning kick by running a clever play called ‘slider’ with 0:05 seconds left that involved a quick throw over the middle before immediately calling timeout before time expired. 

The 9-yard gain was enough to get Wright into field goal range and the rookie kicker took care of the rest.

The result ended a 20-game losing streak for the Jags and was just Gotsis’ second victory with the team.

Their record improved to 1-5, while the Dolphins dropped to 1-5 after their fifth consecutive defeat.

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