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SCC refuse to play at Lord’s over Douglas banning

The new cricket season was thrown into controversy only two weeks in when the Premier Division match between Somerset and Bailey's Bay was abruptly cancelled this morning.

A Bermuda Cricket Board statement was short and to the point: “Please be advised that Somerset Cricket Club v Bailey's Bay, at 4pm at Lord's, has been cancelled.”

The Royal Gazette understands the matter centres on a long-running dispute between St David's County Cricket Club and Chris Douglas, their former captain, who is now a Somerset player.

Douglas, who abruptly quit the St David's captaincy midway through a turbulent 2019 season in which top strike bowler George O'Brien also downed tools, is believed to have been banned from the grounds at Lord's.

Somerset learnt of the Douglas situation only this week, a source claims, and sought a venue change up to the eleventh hour. But their request was rejected, which led the team “almost to a man” to decide against making the long trek east to face Bay.

The source added: “St David's won't be banking any money off Somerset Cricket Club today.”

When asked for further comment, the BCB, the governing body of cricket on island, referred the matter to the clubs.

St David's refused to comment on the matter when contacted, while calls to Somerset management went unanswered.

In the eye of a storm: Chris Douglas, the former St David's captain, who is now with Somerset (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published July 18, 2020 at 12:50 pm (Updated July 18, 2020 at 12:53 pm)

SCC refuse to play at Lord’s over Douglas banning

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