Richardson urges Brangman to reconsider
The reason for Derrick Brangman’s announcement to quit cricket runs deeper than the actions that led to the Bermuda Cricket Board suspending him for one year, according to Jeff Richardson, the Somerset coach.
Brangman, the Bailey’s Bay and Somerset Cup Match left-arm spinner, is serving a one-year ban for showing “serious dissent” at an umpire’s decision and bringing the game into disrepute during Bay’s Premier Division match against Western Stars at St John’s Field on June 17.
However, Richardson believes there are other factors that led to the player’s decision.
“The state of cricket right now is at a point where there are a lot of things that are affecting the way cricket is being run, the way the matches are being played and the inconsistencies in some of the decisions being made by the governing body,” Richardson said.
“Some guys have taken the stance to stop playing, rather than get into any further trouble.
“It’s unfortunate, but I think it’s a reflection of our social environment right now, so it doesn’t surprise me at all.”
Brangman refused to walk after being caught off a full toss, standing his ground for several minutes before the match was abandoned.
Bay appealed unsuccessfully against the BCB’s ruling.
Richardson, the former Stars and Somerset Cup Match middle-order batsman, has urged Brangman to reconsider his decision to quit.
“I would encourage him to reconsider because part of the reason why Bermuda cricket is where it’s at is because we’ve lost a lot of experienced players at the same time,” the Somerset coach said. “So there’s no passing on of knowledge or no one available to be out in the middle with these young guys to help them deal with certain situations
“I’m hoping that Derrick’s initial reaction is an emotional one and once he’s had some time to give it a thought and had some conversation with people close to him that he may reconsider.”
Brangman’s unavailability has deprived champions Somerset of one of their key bowlers for this year’s Cup Match classic, to be held at Somerset on August 2 and 3.
“The impact is clear and you have to understand that Derrick is a left-arm bowler — and that’s a rare commodity — so to try to replace him is going to be almost impossible because there are not many left-arm spinners out there available for Somerset anyway,” Richardson said.
“We are going to have to re-evaluate our strategy somewhat to accommodate someone that’s of a different ilk than a left-arm spinner.
“When you find a good left-arm spinner, you want to develop them and have that option for as long as you can.”
• Heritage Productions has announced this year’s award winners to be honoured at the 14th Annual Emancipation Cup Match Awards Dinner.
The awardees from Somerset Cricket Club are former batsmen Olin Jones, wicketkeeper-batsman Roger Trott and bowler Anthony Bailey while Clarkie Trott, Kenny Phillip and Anthony Braithwaite are the awardees from St George’s.
Erwyn Bean, the former Somerset president, will receive a special award at the awards dinner to be held on Thursday at Bella Vista Bar and Grill at Port Royal Golf Course.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at Brunswick Street Bakery and Nu-Look Barber Shop.
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