England vs NZ, 2nd Test

A tough day in the field for Stuart Broad was made all the more gruelling on Saturday, after a 6am wake-up call to tell him that the Nottinghamshire pub that he co-owns was on fire.

Firefighters were called to the award-winning Tap & Run country pub in Upper Broughton, near Melton Mowbray, at about 3.20am due to a “significant” blaze that went on to destroy the building’s first floor and roof.

The fire was so strong that neighbours were told to keep their doors and windows closed. Eight fire engines were dispatched to the incident, while a statement on the pub’s website said the venue would not be trading “for the foreseeable future”.

“I couldn’t believe the news this morning. Not sure I still can,” Broad wrote on Twitter. “Our wonderful Pub @tapandruncw caught fire in the early hours. Thankfully no one was hurt, the Nottinghamshire Fire Service were incredible in their efforts & thank you to the villagers for the wonderful support.

“Sorry for the disruption,” he added. “Thinking of our awesome staff today, every single person there has created a special pub for the community. It hurts right now but we will come out the other side.”

Despite the news, Broad played a full part in the second day’s play at Trent Bridge, claiming two wickets late in New Zealand’s innings of 553 to finish with 2 for 107 in 26 overs.

Broad’s England team-mate James Anderson told Test Match Special: “He’s just happy that no one’s hurt. It’s obviously gutting because it’s such a huge part of his and Harry’s lives.”

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