Brangman to miss Cup Match after ban
Derrick Brangman will miss Cup Match after receiving a one-year suspension from cricket for showing “serious dissent” at an umpire’s decision and bringing the game into disrepute.
The Bailey’s Bay all-rounder forced a league match against Western Stars to be abandoned after refusing to walk when he was controversially dismissed at St John’s Field on June 17.
The Bermuda Cricket Board confirmed yesterday that Brangman has been found guilty of breaching its Code of Conduct and has been banned from playing until June 29, 2019.
Not only will the slow left-arm bowler be unavailable for Somerset in Cup Match in August, he will also miss Bay’s Eastern Counties games.
Noel Gibbons, the Bay coach, declined to comment yesterday. It is understood the Hamilton Parish club will be submitting an appeal to the BCB against Brangman’s ban today.
Rodney Trott, the Bay captain, was also found guilty of not acting in accordance with the “spirit of the game” and has received an official reprimand.
Brangman’s act of defiance brought a premature and unsavoury end to the match when he was caught off a full toss from spinner PJ Thomas, which he felt should have been called a wide.
The 30-year-old player stood his ground for several minutes before stand-in umpire Kent Gibbons had enough and drew the stumps.
Brangman, batting at No 6, believed the umpire should have signalled a no-ball as he felt Thomas’s non-pitching delivery had been unfair and dangerous.
Neither Gibbons, a West Indies Cricket Umpires Association certified umpire, nor his square leg colleague Wayne Campbell, a Stars representative, had been assigned to the game and were drafted in because of an umpire shortage.
Irving Romaine, the Bay assistant coach, told The Royal Gazette after the match that he believed the absence of official umpires had helped create a climate for the farcical finish.
“Derrick’s feeling was that [the decision] was too unjust for him to walk,” Romaine said. “It was out of frustration more than anything; he has apologised to his team-mates.
“I don’t think it would have happened if they had been official umpires. I think he would have walked. I don’t know, I’ve never been part of anything like that before.”
Romaine said he felt Brangman had been on the receiving end of a poor decision but admitted the player’s behaviour was disrespectful to the game.
“The ball looked high to me, but it obviously looked low to Western Stars,” said the former Bermuda captain.
“Each player still has to respect the game. Whatever happens you have to respect the game and cricket is going to lose out if behaviour like this keeps happening.”
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