Weekend violence at cricket clubs

A cricket club president insisted last night an early-morning attack near the home of his organisation had nothing to do with the sport.

Vashun Blanchette said it was unfortunate that the incident, which left a man in hospital, happened outside the gates of Somerset Cricket Club. But he pointed out the clash happened when the venue was closed.

Mr Blanchette was speaking after three men were hurt in two separate assaults near Somerset’s ground and at St David’s Cricket Club over the weekend. Both incidents saw groups wield weapons and in one it is believed blades were used.

Two of the men injured were treated in hospital after a brawl in the early hours of yesterday outside the St David’s club. Officers were called to reports of a disturbance at around 1.15am.

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said: “It appears that a function was being held at the premises when an altercation took place in the parking lot involving a group of men, some said to be brandishing bladed articles.

“Two men believed to have been hurt in the incident — thought to be a 36-year-old man and a 23-year-old man — attended the hospital for treatment and were later discharged.

“Police officers at the scene shortly after the incident occurred were only able to ascertain limited information from those in attendance, as the majority were uncooperative.”

The fight came less than 24 hours after the Somerset incident, where a 34-year-old Sandys man was attacked outside the gates of the club by several men with “blunt objects”.

The incident on Cricket Lane happened just before 3am on Sunday.

The injured man was rushed by ambulance to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

His condition was said to be “stable” yesterday.

Mr Blanchette said the assault happened in an area that is often used by people unconnected to the club.

He added: “It occurred outside of our operational hours — we were closed at 9pm on Saturday night.

“I’m made to understand it happened outside of our premises. While unfortunate, we wish the victim a speedy recovery and essentially we view this as a police matter.”

Mr Blanchette said he became aware of the incident when he attended the club on Sunday afternoon and a member told him the police had visited.

Mr Blanchette added Cricket Lane was “a pretty common thoroughfare”.

He said: “It’s just unfortunate that whatever transpired happened in our area — it wasn’t following an event that we were hosting. It could well have happened 100 metres up the road.”

The president of St David’s CC could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

A police spokesman said the two incidents did not appear to be linked and appealed for witnesses to both incidents.

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Published Jul 10, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 10, 2018 at 8:15 am)

Weekend violence at cricket clubs

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