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No conclusion on review of forfeited match

The Bermuda Cricket Board are still reviewing the events which led to Cleveland County forfeiting their First Division Twenty20 match against Western Stars at White Hill Field last weekend.

Local cricket's governing body has received the umpires report and held an online meeting via the video conferencing platform, Zoom, with Cleveland officials to discuss the ill-fated match, that was halted after a heated row involving their supporters and one of their players flared and threatened to escalate.

When pressed for an update on the matter yesterday, Cal Blankendal, the BCB executive director, said: “The matter is still ongoing and we will reply once the proceedings have been concluded.”

Stars were coasting at 72 for two in reply to Cleveland's 113 for seven when, 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.

Meanwhile, Twenty20 League action resumes this weekend with Premier Division leaders Southampton Rangers facing rejuvenated Somerset in the top fixture which could have a major say in the title race.

Rangers hold a ten point advantage over second placed St David's with Somerset a further ten points adrift in third with three rounds remaining in the campaign.

Rangers will lock horns with Somerset at White Hill Field tomorrow (11am) keen to complete the league double and make further inroads towards retaining domestic T20 bragging rights.

The intriguing match-up will precede the top flight clash between St David's and bottom side Willow Cuts (3pm), who have managed just one win in seven outings thus far this season.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Bailey's Bay will face fifth-placed St George's at Wellington Oval in tomorrow's remaining Premier Division T20.

First Division T20 action resumes today with a double header slated for White Hill Field where Cleveland take on the Bermuda Under 19s (11am) and hosts Somerset Bridge doing battle with Western Stars (3pm).

Tomorrow's remaining First Division T20 sees Flatts Victoria Club pitted against bottom side Devonshire Recreation Club at Wellington Oval (11am).

Warwick, who top the First Division standings via net run rate over nearest rivals Flatts, Cleveland and Somerset Bridge, have a bye this round.

Starting from today the amount of people allowed inside cricket grounds during matches has been increased from 250 to 325 persons, including teams, spectators and staff.

Safety guidelines that are currently in place amid the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to be adhered to until further notice.

No resolution: Cal Blankendal, the BCB executive director has confirmed the review into the forfeited Twenty20 First Division match has yet to be concluded (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published August 29, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated August 28, 2020 at 9:58 pm)

No conclusion on review of forfeited match

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