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The unnamed bowler who made headlines after deliberately throwing the ball to the boundary to deny his opponent batsman century has been revealed and has issued apology in a statement.

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According to a report in stuff.co.nz, the bowler in question is Dec Redwood, who works as an assistant manager at an accountancy firm in Bath. He conceded five runs with the team two runs away from the victory and the batsman was left stranded on 98 . The incident occurred during a match between Purnell Cricket Club and Minehead in Somerset Cricket League.

Redwood, representing Purnell, was criticised for his unsportsmanlike behaviour with his club banning him for nine matches for the bringing “SCL and cricket in general into disrepute” and that his act “was against the spirit of the game”.

In statement, Redwood said, “I take sole responsibility for the incident and emphasise that no other person was aware of my intentions in the build up to the delivery. “I acknowledge that I made an ill-judged and impulsive decision on approaching the wicket to bowl a no-ball, which resulted in a boundary and gave an unnatural ending to what was otherwise a competitive game of cricket.”

He also apologised to the 23-year-old Minehead batsman Jay Darrell who was at the receiving end of the act.

“I would like to make a formal apology to Jay Darrell, Minehead Cricket Club, Purnell Cricket Club, Ronnie Casling and to the rest of my teammates, for my actions,” he said I the statement.