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When cricket was not a 'gentleman's game: Watch ugly on-field fight

New Delhi:  The fans of game of cricket witnessed an ugly turn of events when in a local match in Bermuda; the batsman almost knocked the head off the opposition wicket keeper's shoulder with his
India TV News Desk September 22, 2015 18:03 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi:  The fans of game of cricket witnessed an ugly turn of events when in a local match in Bermuda; the batsman almost knocked the head off the opposition wicket keeper's shoulder with his bat.

It has been described as the ugliest on field brawl during a cricket match.  The match was played between both the teams last week.

The two cricketers also exchanged physical blows. It was the final match between Cleveland County Cricket Club and Willow Cuts Cricket Club at St David's Cricket Club ground.

It all started when Cleveland's wicketkeeper Jason Anderson punched the batsman George O' Brien without any legitimate motive. The altercation turned into an ugly brawl when the O'Brien responded with an attempt to hit the keeper's head with the bat.

The altercation got so intense that the support staff had to enter the field.  Even the cops had to intervene to calm things down between the players.

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The Bermuda Cricket Board found Anderson guilty of a Level 4 Breach of the Code of Conduct and handed him a life ban. O'Brien, who charged of a Level 3 Breach was handed a 6-month ban.

Wicket keeper Anderson has played nine Lists-A games for Bermuda and five Twenty20 games.Cleveland County skipper Allan Douglas said he was not able to figure out the reason for the brawl.

"I think a little bit of frustration built up by Jason, dropping a catch and missing a stumping, but I don't know what was said between George and Jason because I was at the other end of the wicket (bowling)," Douglas was quoted as saying Royal Gazette.

The Bermuda Cricket Board reacted to the incident by saying, "We condemn this act without reservation and support the Bermuda Police Service, the Bermuda Cricket Board of Control as well as the Willow Cuts and Cleveland County Clubs as they seek to end this irrational behavior on our sporting grounds and community."

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