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Fubler faces ban after Bay meltdown

In trouble: Fubler is likely to be banned by his club and the BCB (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Kavon Fubler, of Willow Cuts, is facing disciplinary action from both his club and the Bermuda Cricket Board after knocking down the stumps and using abusive language towards an umpire at Sea Breeze Oval yesterday.

The incident happened in the first hour of the game against Bailey’s Bay when Fubler, batting at number five, was given out leg-before, reducing his side to ten for four in the ninth over after Willow Cuts had been sent in to bat.

Frustrated, Fubler knocked over his stumps with his bat and as he walked past Cal Waldron, the umpire, he used offensive words towards the official. Fubler also threw a ball in the direction of the umpire moments later, hitting the stumps.

“He was given out and felt he wasn’t out and obviously was all uptight,” Dexter Basden, the Willow Cuts coach, said. “These guys love the game but have to learn how to respect the game and the decisions the umpires make.

“I preach to them every week about respecting the umpires and their decisions because, a lot of times you may hit the ball and he [the umpire] may not give you out but you don’t walk. The incident wasn’t good for cricket.”

Basden, a former Cuts captain, said Fubler could face disciplinary action by the club, with the BCB also likely to impose a ban once the umpires’ reports have been received.

“The club will be meeting with him on Thursday,” Basden said. “I don’t condone it [behaviour] and he will be dealt with by the club.”

Fubler was able to take the field with his Cuts team-mates and bowled 6.3 overs as Bay reached their target in 31.3 overs to remain unbeaten after three league games.

“I met with the umpires and they said as long as I can deal with the situation that they would continue on playing,” Basden said. “I pulled him [Fubler] aside and we resolved what needed to be resolved.

“I promised the umpires it wouldn’t get out of hand. We figured after the game the Board and us would deal with it.”

Cuts crashed to a seven wicket defeat to remain without a win after three league games, but Basden is confident Cuts can turn things around and climb away from the relegation zone.

“It’s only six teams but last season we went 0-6 before we went down to St George’s to play Cleveland and then won four straight games,” Basden said.

“We won’t press the panic button yet, there is still a lot of work to be done, but we play each other three times and we just have to make sure we win the next one.”

St David’s made it three wins out of three in the Logic Premier Division with a six-wicket victory over previously unbeaten Western Stars at St John’s Field, as middle order batsmen Dion Stovell and Allan Douglas Jr scored half centuries.

St David’s chased down the 173 posted by Stars as the pair put on 72 in a fifth wicket stand.

Cleveland felt the Southampton Rangers backlash after two losses as the league champions posted a massive 313 for seven at Southampton Oval on their way to a 188-run victory, their first in the league.

Janeiro Tucker, the Rangers captain, came good with the bat, posting 84 for his best knock so far.

“It feels good to get a first league win under our belt,” Ricky Brangman, the Rangers coach, said. “While it took awhile for our first league win things are starting to come together for us.”

In the First Division Somerset handed St George’s their first defeat of the season in a match of the promotion favourites at Somerset Cricket Club yesterday.

The home side won by two wickets thanks to new captain Jordan DeSilva who led from the front with both the bat and ball.

St George’s, with two wins already under their belt, posted 179 for nine from their 50 overs with captain Macai Simmons top scorer with 45.

Player-coach Ryan Steede added 24 while Ankoma Cannonier contributed 19 and Jahron Dickinson 18 after putting on 35 with Simmons for the fifth wicket.

DeSilva was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, taking four for 36, while Justin Corday claimed two for 29.

Somerset, playing their first match in the league and set to meet St George’s in the rescheduled Twenty20 First Division final, replied with 183 for eight with DeSilva finishing with 75 not out.

Jekon Edness, the former captain, scored 25. Macai Hodsoll took three for 37, while Simmons and Isaiah Greaves both claimed two wickets for the East Enders.