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Cleveland row to be investigated

The umpires report detailing the events which led to Cleveland County forfeiting their First Division Twenty20 match against Western Stars at White Hill Field at the weekend is now in the hands of the Bermuda Cricket Board.

Stars were coasting at 72 for two in reply to Cleveland's 113 for seven when proceedings were brought to a halt after a heated row involving Cleveland supporters and one of their players flared and threatened to escalate.

“An incident occurred yesterday [Sunday] during the Western Stars CC v Cleveland County CC T20 match at White Hill field, that eventually led to the Cleveland captain informing the umpires that they were forfeiting the match,” Oscar Andrade, the Bermuda Cricket Umpires Association president, said.

“A report has been filed with the BCB for their information and further attention.

“The BCUA will make no further comments until after the matter has been dealt with through the normal BCB protocols.”

Andrade was one of the umpires that stood in the ill-fated match.

According to spectators, an argument among Cleveland fans escalated when one of their players was alleged to have been threatened while attempting to restore calm.

Kristian Singh, the Cleveland captain, eventually informed the umpires that his team were forfeiting the match before matters spiralled any further.

The BCB will now review the umpires report to determine whether any disciplinary action is necessary.

“The report will be reviewed by the BCB Executive to establish the next steps in regard to yesterday's incident,” Cal Blankendal, the BCB executive director, said.

“The matter will be reviewed by the executive council for possible forwarding to the BCB Disciplinary Committee.”

Meanwhile, Warwick Workmen's Club defeated Flatts Victoria by 31 runs at Lord's in the First Division Twenty20 on Sunday.

Jamar Stovel struck 63 and Dominic Sabir 34 to propel Warwick to 144 for five after they elected to bat.

Experienced seam bowler Jodi Maroni then claimed four for 13 to help restrict Flatts to 113 for six in their reply and secure Warwick's fourth win of the campaign.

n Steady batting from Delray Rawlins in both innings was not enough to prevent Sussex from slumping to a third straight defeat in their Bob Willis Trophy match against Middlesex at Radlett yesterday.

The home side won by five wickets with a day to spare in the four-day match.

Rawlins scored a run-a-ball 46 in Sussex's first innings and shared in a 35-run sixth-wicket partnership with Ollie Robinson (19) to stabilise the innings.

The 22-year-old carried on in the same vein in the second innings with a knock of 33 from 40 deliveries spread across two sessions.

Rawlins led a late recovery with captain Ben Brown during the final session of day two on Sunday after the visiting side slipped to four for as many runs.

The pair added 29 runs to guide their team to stumps without further damage at 33 for four and an overall lead of 123.

They added a further 30 runs when play resumed yesterday morning before Rawlins departed in the seventeenth over of the innings after getting a leading edge and offering a return catch to seam bowler Tim Murtagh.

The visiting side collapsed once the partnership was broken as they lost their remaining five wickets for 31 runs in 13 overs with Brown (45) the only other Sussex batsmen managing double figures in the innings.

That left Middlesex with a target of 193, which they reached with John Simpson (32) and Martin Andersson (27) guiding the home side safely home in the final session of the day.

Robinson, the Sussex seam bowler, achieved a milestone in Middlesex's second innings with the dismissal of Stevie Eskinazi to capture his 250th first-class wicket.

Rawlins and his team-mates will shift their focus to white ball cricket when they host Surrey in their Vitality Blast T20 opener at the 1st Central County Ground on Friday.

Umpire Oscar Andrade

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Published August 25, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated August 24, 2020 at 7:29 pm)

Cleveland row to be investigated

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