Drunken antics mar otherwise well-behaved ODI

Three students were arrested and a security guard tackled an unruly patron into a crowd at yesterday's one-day match between New Zealand and England in Dunedin.

But Senior Sergeant Mark Donaldson said most in the crowd enjoyed the action without incident.

''Ninety-nine percent were great.''

A police officer tries to calm supporters during the match. Photo: Getty Images
A police officer tries to calm supporters during the match. Photo: Getty Images
Thirty-one people were ejected for disorderly behaviour and intoxication, police said. Three people were arrested for trespass.

At one point, a folding chair was thrown on to the playing field from the grass embankment, followed moments later by a spectator who jumped the fence and tried to run on to the field.

The man - who appeared to be in his early 20s - initially evaded a Red Badge security guard's tackle, but was then chased back into the crowd on the embankment.

The security guard caught the man halfway up the embankment and tackled him heavily to the ground, crashing into another group of spectators as he did so.

As the young man was removed from the ground, a middle-aged man remonstrated with police about the security guard's handling of the incident, which occurred near young children.

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