Just Stop Oil protesters block England cricket team bus ahead of Ireland test match

Just Stop Oil protesters delayed the England cricket team going to Lord's for the Test against Ireland

Just Stop Oil protesters have delayed the England cricket team bus from getting to Lord's ahead of the Test against Ireland.

Around 50 Just Stop Oil supporters began marching on roads around Hyde Park and Battersea Park at 8am before a mini march on Kensington Gore delayed the England Cricket Team around 8.30am.

Police arrived on scene within minutes and placed a Public Order Act (Section 12) notice on the march, ending it by 8:43am and all teams were off the road by 10am.

Phil Green, 22, a BA student from Cornwall who was protesting this morning said: "I don't want to be causing this disruption but I have to do something when the Government isn't doing its job.”

Team member Jonny Bairstow, who was on the bus, posted a photo on Instagram of demonstrators holding holding up traffic in the middle of the road near Hyde Park.

The wicketkeeper-batsman's caption read: "If we're a bit late it's not our fault... 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️"

Day one of the one-off Test between England and Ireland is still set to start at 11am.

Speaking to TalkTV's Julia Hartley Brewer, Founder of Fair Fuel UK Howard Cox said: "It sickens me. I've got to go up to a meeting in London tomorrow night. I've got to drive from Kent into London, there are no trains. If they're there, I'm going to run over them."

Julia added: "People shouldn't be forced to take the law into their own hands because the law isn't being enforced... Can we please just be allowed to get on with our lives?"

TalkTV's Mike Graham chimed in: "Life is difficult enough without these people messing everybody around."

Labour donor Dale Vince has vowed to double all money given to the climate activist group for the next 48 hours, as it enters its sixth week of causing civic disruption.

Just Stop Oil protesters also disrupted the Gallagher Premiership final at Twickenham between Saracens and Sale last weekend by invading the pitch and throwing orange powder.

A similar incident occurred at the Crucible during the World Snooker Championships in April.

England begin their red-ball campaign with a four-day Test against Ireland at Lord’s before the Ashes gets under way on June 16.

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