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Anderson banned from all cricket for life

Banned for life: Jason Anderson, seen here teaching youngsters the art of batting, is now unable to be involved in cricket in any capacity(File photograph by Nicola Muirhead)

Jason Anderson has been banned from cricket for life by the Bermuda Cricket Board.

The punishment was handed down at disciplinary hearing last night, where Anderson was found guilty of a Level 4 offence following his altercation with George O’Brien in the Champion of Champions final last weekend.

Anderson, who yesterday was banned from Cleveland County Cricket Club for life, was “found guilty of a Level 4 2.4.2 [breach] of the Code of Conduct: Physical assault of another player, and has been given a life ban from all cricket, and any involvement in the game of cricket in Bermuda in any capacity.”

It means the wicketkeeper batsman will be unable to even coach should he wish to do so.

O’Brien, meanwhile, was found guilty of a Level 3 offence, and will serve a lengthy ban at the start of next season, with the time limit “sufficient to include six Logic 50 over matches.”

In banning Anderson yesterday, Cleveland urged him to seek help for anger management issues, and said they no way condoned his behavior.

The clash with O’Brien that has ultimately ended Anderson’s career started when he was seen to run up to the Willow Cuts batsman at the end of an over and hit him in the face. O’Brien reacted, swinging his bat at Anderson and the spat carried on to the other end of the wicket as Cleveland players tried to separate the pair.

Carlton Smith, the Cleveland president who was visibly upset by the incident, quickly ran onto the field and was seen speaking harshly to Anderson.

Moments later Anderson walked off after throwing his pads and gloves to the ground in what turned out to be his last performance for the side.

The ban came just a week after Anderson won the Logic Premier Division Player of the Week award for his century against Flatts.

“Cleveland County Cricket Club would like to announce that as a result of the incident at the recent Champion of Champions final, Mr Jason Anderson is hereby banned from representing the club in all sporting activities for life,” Smith said yesterday.

“The executive and members of CCCC do not condone the behaviour of Mr Anderson. We view these matters seriously and as a community club this is not the type of behaviour that we expect from members of the club, nor the example that we would like to set for our junior players.”

Anderson, who joined Cleveland from St George’s three years ago, and subsequently qualified to play for them in the Eastern Counties, has been a key member of the Cleveland team, helping them win the Eastern Counties last year when they defeated holders St David’s.

Anderson was the man of the match on his debut when he scored 76 from 98 balls and then held three catches behind the stumps.

The former Bermuda international has been one of the Island’s top wicketkeeper-bastmen for the past few years, even helping out at the Hiscox clinic last year at the National Sports Centre where he helped teach the youngsters the art of batting.

Yesterday Cleveland took a strong stance on Anderson’s hehaviour.

“The Club would like to thank Mr Anderson for his contributions to the success the club has experienced over the last few years as he has been an integral part of that success,” Smith said.

“We urge Mr Anderson to seek assistance for his anger issues and the club is willing to help him with these efforts, if he is willing.

“We would like to apologise to the general public for the scenes witnessed during the Champion of Champions final, as this is not the image that Cleveland County Cricket Club wish to portray.”

Anderson joined Cleveland from PHC in 2012 and qualified to play in the Eastern Counties in 2014 when he made his debut at Sea Breeze Oval in the first round.