Controversy Hit Somerset League Cricket in England When Bowler Denies Batsman a Ton

Published - 08 Aug 2018, 06:02 PM | Updated - 10 Jan 2019, 12:33 AM

Somerset League Cricket, England, Minehead Cricket Club, Purnell Cricket Club, Jay Darrell
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The controversy took centre stage when an unsportsmanship behaviour marred a Somerset League Cricket match in England between the Minehead Cricket Club and Purnell Cricket Club.

The incident happened when batsman namely Jay Darrell, who was within touching distance of scoring his maiden league century was denied a hundred.

Darrell of Minehead CC was batting unbeaten on 98 and was looking well set for a well deserved century. His team required just two more runs to win. But the bowler left Darrell astonished by one of the most unpleasant moments in gentleman’s game.

The unnamed bowler of the Purnell CC decided to throw the ball over the boundary ropes for a no-ball six. Eventually, it ensured that Minehead won the game, but batsman Darrell was kept away from scoring his maiden ton.

One of the Minehead CC players Angus Marsh took to his Twitter handle after the match. He expressed his anger at the particular incident. He called it the worst moment in his life.

Well, the tweet as expected went viral. Former England cricketer Robert Key was utterly disgusted with the particular matter.

A controversial event marred England’s Somerset League Cricket match. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Key, who was part of the commentary panel and thrashed the bowler for the act. He called the incident appalling.

Meanwhile, Darrell also took to Twitter but decided to stay away from the controversy. Another Twitter user laughed out following the cowardly act of the player.

Minehead gave credit to the opposition skipper for apologising to the batsman on behalf of the bowler who carried out the infamous act.

England Club Purnell CC come out with a statement:

Meanwhile, Purnell CC came out with an explanation.

“The club understands that one of its members acted outside the spirit of the game in one of our league games at Minehead. The individual involved will be dealt with in line with the clubs and the constitution and disciplinary procedure. While the player does not wish to comment on the player’s identity during this process, we are aware of several rumours regarding one player in particular. Therefore we can confirm that R. Casling was not involved in the incident. We would like to assure you that this incident is not a type of our club. We have taken this matter very seriously,” the statement read.