Bermuda‘s Cleveland County Cricket Club has banned one of the island’s top cricketers ever, Jason Anderson, for an ugly fight that took place between him and George O’Brien from the Willow Cuts team during the final of the Champions of Champions tournament last week. The club has banned Anderson for life, thanking him for all that he has done for them. Anderson had helped the Cleveland Cricket Club to win the Eastern Counties for the first time in 33 years last year, and the fallout with his club is simply shameful. The club has released a statement, in which they have even offered the cricketer help in case he seeks assistance for his mental issues. Rather than describing exactly what happened during the ugly brawl, it is advisable that the readers watch it themselves and see how things went out of control as the batsman swung his bat at the wicketkeeper and the latter in return kicked him when he was tackled down the ground by another cricketer.

Cleveland president Carlton Smith was quoted as saying by The Royal Gazette, “Cleveland County Cricket Club would like to announce that as a result of the incident at the recent Champion of Champions final, Mr Jason Anderson is hereby banned from representing the club in all sporting activities for life. The executive and members of CCCC do not condone the behaviour of Mr Anderson. We view these matters seriously and as a community club this is not the type of behaviour that we expect from members of the club, nor the example that we would like to set for our junior players.”

“The Club would like to thank Mr Anderson for his contributions to the success the club has experienced over the last few years as he has been an integral part of that success. We urge Mr Anderson to seek assistance for his anger issues and the club is willing to help him with these efforts, if he is willing. We would like to apologise to the general public for the scenes witnessed during the Champion of Champions final, as this is not the image that Cleveland County Cricket Club wish to portray,” Smith added. The Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) is waiting for the on-field umpires to file their report, as they will also be taking strict actions on Anderson and O’Brien.