Though the game of cricket is always tagged as a gentleman sport, it has its flaws when the players try to be harsh on the opposition. The latest one to be under the stamp is the bowler from Somerset Cricket League. The Purnells Cricket Club bowler almost broke the heart of Minehead Cricket Club’s batsman Jay Darrell by denying him a well-deserving century.

In one of those bizarre kinds of stories, the bowler has been handed a nine-match ban for his lack of sportsmanship. The Purnell CC bowler whose name is yet to be revealed was caught while attempting to throw the ball over the boundary ropes.

Bowlers conceded wide, plus boundary when the batsman was on 98*:

It was happened during the Division 2 match between Minehead 2nd XI v Purnells CC, played on 4th August 2018. The Minehead batsman Darrell played beautifully to guide his side to victory but missed century because of this rare occurrence.

Purnells Cricket Club, Jay Darrell, Somerset Cricket League, England, Minehead
A Representative image (Credits – Getty)

When the team required five runs to the victory, the Purnell bowler intentionally bowled a flying ball (wide). Wicket-keeper missed the illegitimate delivery only to see it reaching the boundary ropes.

The five extra runs conceded by the bowler was quite enough for Minehead XI to seal the game. But the batsman, Darrell was left stranded on 98.

The Somerset Cricket League said the incident “brought the SCL and cricket in general into disrepute”. And “was against the spirit of the game. As a result of this review, a Purnell CC player has been banned for the next nine completed SCL matches.”

The batsman accepts the apology:

Somerset bowler ban, Jay Darrell
Jay Darrell (Credits – Somerset official site)

Though the bowler was harsh during the time, the skipper of Purnells Cricket Club apologised on behalf of the bowler. However, Jay Darrell was quick in forgiving the opposition player at fault with a big heart.

Meanwhile, Purnell’s official stated: “the unsavoury scenes to end the game can’t be condoned, and both the bowler and the club’s captain had apologised.

However, it would be interesting to see how the respective board would bring a check to these kinds of scenarios. Meanwhile, the incident cost the nine-match ban for the bowler.