They have taking a liking to Ben Stokes bowling!!!!
........"Stokes' last 10 deliveries in an England shirt against Caribbean opposition - going back to Carlos Braithwaite's four sixes - had cost an eye-watering 47 runs........."
Took a huge disliking to Ben Stokes when he conned Yorkshire of victory in the 2012 Friends Life Twenty20 opener in the final over (if anyone remembers that game)
Final over, Yorkshire needed 14 to win and Azeem Rafiq hits six off Scott Borthwick. Then Rafa creams another shot towards Block B of the Western Terrace, ball racing award towards the boundary rope while Stokes was sweeping up. He chucks in a dive, but the ball hit the rope, then he grabbed the ball during his dive and lobbed it back to Borthwick. Some of the crowd were cheering on 4 more runs to Yorkshire, but reactions turned into disbelief and anger when 4 runs was not given. I particularly remember this one middle aged bloke (regularly seen at many Yorkshire matches) who stormed down the stairs towards the front and gave Stokes a lot of verbal abuse.
What should have been 4 runs required off the final 4 balls, was 6 off 4. After a controversial dot in the penultimate ball (looked clearly a wide), Yorkshire lost by 2 runs. I never felt cheated whilst watching a sporting event, especially when cricket is meant to be a gentlemans game. Playing hard is one thing, but what Ben Stokes did was not fair. As far as I was concerned, Hampshire were the only team to beat Yorkshire in that Twenty20 season.
It still left a sour taste 9 days later at North Marine Road when it became a topic of discussion on the terrace in a rain affected Twenty20 against Notts. The aforementioned bloke happened to join the conversation and added his poor opinion of Ben Stokes.
When Stokes was "controversially" run out for obstructing the ball in a 2015 ODI against Australia, by no other than Mitchell Starc who played in that game, I felt it was karma for events in that T20 The added bonus came in the World T20 Final, seeing a distraught and inconsolable Ben Stokes on the ground after his bottle job. Giving it the big I am, but could not even defend 18 runs in the final over. It was a shame the media didn't berate him afterwards, because he let his team mates, fans and country down.