When the fire extinguisher came out, Mr Hefer knew he had to act.
Donning his trusty bee-keeping kit — full coverage with white overalls, hat and gumboots — he grabbed his tools and dashed to the cricket ground.
Arriving at the ground dressed head to toe in bee-keeping regalia, security had no problems letting him park his car at the front gate and enter for free as the delay in play stretched on.
“I think they saw me in this outfit, noticed all the equipment and reckoned I must be what I say I am, and with play stopped, they let me in,” Mr Hefer said.
“When they took out the fire extinguisher, I knew I had to get down here.
“You see, you might get rid of them for a bit, but they’ll come back, I thought they might be able to use my expertise.”
Using a home-made hive and his well-honed bee-bossing skills, Mr Hefer successfully captured the bees, prompting rapturous applause from the thousands in attendance.