Bailey’s Bay face nervous wait as BCB investigates alleged use of ineligible player
The Bermuda Cricket Board is looking into the details surrounding an alleged breach of competition rules by one of the top contenders in the Premier 50 overs league which could potentially shake up the relegation picture.
It has been alleged that Bailey’s Bay fielded an ineligible player in at least three matches and now risk having sanctions imposed and being relegated if found guilty of violating the rules.
Cal Blankendal, the Bermuda Cricket Board executive director, confirmed that the board is looking into the allegations.
“At this moment the BCB is dealing with this matter through the clubs,” he told The Royal Gazette. “That’s our policy and there will be no further comment on this issue until a later time if warranted.”
Bay finished second behind champions St David’s in the 50 overs league, 12 points ahead of relegated Willow Cuts, who finished second from the bottom.
However, any deduction of points for the alleged offences could potentially see Cuts overhaul Gus Logie’s team in the standings, with the latter taking the plunge into the First Division instead.
The player at the centre of the controversy is Michael Agard, who featured for Bay earlier this summer.
The Barbadian all-rounder played for the Eastern Counties club in their June 26 encounter against Southampton Rangers at Southampton Oval. He claimed five for five with his off spin before Rangers forfeited the match having declined to resume playing after an extended rain stoppage with Bay 40 for two in reply to their hosts 83.
Agard also featured for Bay on July 4 in a 87-run defeat against eventual league champions St David’s at Lords, where he took one wicket and was dismissed cheaply.
He then produced a solid all-round display, taking a wicket and stroking an unbeaten 65 in a match-winning 80-run partnership with captain Terryn Fray, in Bay’s four-wicket triumph over St George’s at Wellington Oval on July 11 in what is believed to have been his last appearance for the club since.
When contacted, Stephen Outerbridge, the Bailey’s Bay president, declined to comment on the matter.
Coincidentally, Cuts beat a weakened Bay side by 33 runs in their final 50 overs match at Somerset Cricket Club last Sunday.
However, it still wasn’t enough as they were relegated by a whisker with only a point separating them from fourth-placed St George’s.
Cuts’ West End rivals, Somerset, who lost all of their matches, were the remaining team relegated.