While we can all rave about how cricket is a Gentleman’s game, there are times when actions of a few bring disrepute to the very spirit of the game. The action of a bowler in a club cricket match in England is the latest addition to the list.

Minehead Cricket club batsman Jay Darrell was batting on 98 when his team was just two runs shy of a victory against Purnell Cricket Club in the Somerset Cricket League.

However, Purnell bowler chose to deliberately send the ball on its way to the boundary giving his opposition team five runs (four plus one for the no ball) meaning Darrell was left stranded on 98.

The incident has drawn swift criticism from the stakeholders with Purnell captain himself apologising to the batsman.

Addressing the controversy later on social media, Purnell also apologised and said the club will be deal with the incident internally.

“Our 1st XI were well beaten today by @MineheadCricket. The unsavoury scenes to end the game can’t be condoned & both the Captain & the player made full & sincere apologies to those involved after the game. The incident will be dealt with internally by the Club,” Purnell posted on their official Twitter handle.




Minehead too rued the turn of events but chose to praise Darrel’s knock and Purnell captain for how he dealt with the situation. “Not nice to see. But more to the point, a great innings and a great win. Respect to the @purnellcc captain who apologised to the batsman on behalf of his bowler. But some things just can’t be undone :( ,” the club posted.



Darrell had a memorable game as he first took 3/22 before guiding his team home in chase of 281.

He also posted about the game on Twitter but chose instead to celebrate the win. “Hell of game today shame the way it ended but oh well!!! Thanks for all the support today!! #UTP #Mineheadcc #litter,” he wrote.