Brangman could still play Cup Match
A one-year ban handed to Derrick Brangman, even if the Bailey’s Bay appeal is rejected, may still not mean the end of the player’s season.
With the Bermuda Cricket Board having no jurisdiction over Cup Match and the Eastern Counties, Brangman could still be eligible to play in local cricket’s two major competitions in the coming weeks.
“We have no jurisdiction on that,” Lloyd Smith, the BCB president said yesterday when contacted in London after attending the ICC conference in Dublin, Ireland.
“There have been some talks about honouring our suspensions, but I don’t know how strong that is when it comes to Eastern Counties and Cup Match. I will have a talk with Neil [Speight, the BCB chief executive] and Vashun Blanchette of Somerset when I get back [on Sunday].”
Two years ago there was a similar incident involving Chris Douglas, of St David’s, who was suspended for three months by the BCB, but played for his club in the Eastern Counties two days later. Douglas received the ban after pleading guilty to the charge of threatening assault on a Willow Cuts player while playing for St David’s in a league match at Somerset Cricket Club.
A former Cuts player, Douglas had represented Cuts in the Western Counties the previous day. Cleveland never appealed against Douglas playing in that Eastern Counties match, despite being dethroned.
Not for the first time the question of the Board’s power over the two oldest competitions, Cup Match and Eastern Counties, has come into question. Both are older than the BCB at 116 and 114 years old, respectively, and are not governed by the BCB.
However, Charlie Marshall did miss Cup Match in 1986 when he was suspended by the BCB for one year for his conduct on tour with Bermuda at the ICC Trophy in England.
Bermuda returned from tour in mid-July and Marshall was banned days before Cup Match.He was recalled controversially the next year, having played in only one trial as his only cricket that season. The BCB did not take disciplinary action against five Cleveland players for their conduct during a first-round Eastern Counties match against Bailey’s Bay in 2015 when delaying tactics by Cleveland denied Bay victory in a close match at Lord’s.
Shaki Darrell was handed a 14-game suspension by the Eastern Counties for threatening behaviour towards the umpires but the BCB did not take disciplinary action of its own.
The BCB did act when Jason Anderson was involved in a scuffle with George O’Brien when playing for Cleveland in the 2015 Champion of Champions final, banning Anderson for life while O’Brien was banned for six league matches.
The Board also did not take disciplinary action against Treadwell Gibbons Jr over his conduct in Cup Match in 2013 when he disputed his dismissal after being given out caught at slip by Janeiro Tucker at Wellington Oval and stayed on the field for several minutes.
St George’s gave Gibbons a suspended two-year ban and fined him 50 per cent of his match fee, while the BCB withdrew him from Bermuda’s squad that was training for the World Twenty20 Tournament.
Bay open the defence of their Eastern Counties title on July 21 against Cleveland. Brangman is a key player for Somerset in Cup Match.
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