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Somerset launch inquiry into club blazer-burning incident

Probe under way: Somerset Cricket Club Richard Scott (File photograph by Peter Backeberg)

Somerset Cricket Club have launched an investigation into the burning of a club blazer alleged to have been set ablaze by one of their own Cup Match players.

Wicketkeeper Khiry Furbert is alleged to have committed the act, which was posted on social media in the lead-up to this year’s two-day classic at Wellington Oval, in response to being dropped after making his debut last year as a colt.

“It was that unfortunate incident that went over social media with the blazer being burnt allegedly by Khiry Furbert,” Scott said.

“At this point we will meet as the executive and management before any sort of decisions are made.

“It’s like anything else, incidents happen and we have to let them take the proper course before making any rash decisions.

“I did not address it prior to Cup Match because I didn’t want the incident to be a distraction to the team and take any focus away from what our goal was with respect to Cup Match, which was to go out and win the trophy.

“So we as a committee did not address the incident but it will be dealt with in due course and of course we will also go through the proper channels.

“Like I said, things happen in life outside of sports clubs and you don’t just make a decision.

“Individuals are given a due course process and we’ll take the same process, we’ll take the same route, so yes it will be dealt with.

“It’s very unfortunate. Decisions are made in life and sometimes we are for the decisions or sometimes we are disappointed by the decisions.

“But we do have to be responsible in our response to them so it’s being handled and looked in to.”

Western Stars player Furbert was among two changes the champions made to their team this year which also saw Bailey’s Bay seamer Macquille Walker get the nod over Somerset club stalwart Greg Maybury Jr.

Somerset retained the cup after this year’s Cup Match ended in a draw.

The holders piled up 404 all out in their first and only innings after being put in to bat on a damp pitch.

St George’s finished the match on 242 for six in their second innings, with a lead of 57, as they were forced to follow on after making 219 in pursuit of Somerset’s massive first-innings total.

Somerset were denied a third straight victory which ultimately eluded them as their hosts held on.

The West Enders lost precious time to bowl at St George’s in the latter’s second innings having occupied the crease for all but one over during Thursday’s opening day of play.

Jordan DeSilva, the Somerset captain, stands by his team’s decision to bat for as long as they did.

“I don’t regret batting for as long as we did,” he said. “They won the toss, they asked us to bat, so we batted and the onus was on them to bowl us out.

“They said all week that they had enough bowlers to bowl us out and they sent us in. So as far I am concerned you get a hit when you bowl us out.”

DeSilva said missed chances in the field hindered his team’s chances for victory more than anything else.

“Our goal was to try to only bat once and win the game and we had Delray dropped in both innings,,” he added.

“We dropped him before lunch I am pretty sure it was and I felt like that was easily a 50-run, hour-hour and a half difference in the game whereas I don’t think they get anywhere near 200 in their first innings.

“Then I think it gives us an extra hour to an hour and a half to bowl them out in the second innings based on how the first innings went after he got out, so those are the things I am looking at.

“I was more looking at those type of things; those chances that we put down before he even got to 50 and then he ended up getting to 70 in both innings, so I don’t think we batted too long.”

DeSilva admitted the champions were unsure what to do before the toss.

“We wanted to bat the night before but the conditions that morning and around the time of the toss made us sort of iffy,” he said.

“To me I thought it was a good toss to lose and it shows how much of a fine line it is for captains when they win the toss and determine whether they bat or bowl.

“It would not have looked like a horrible decision for Onias [St George’s captain Onias Bascome] to bowl but of course when you bowl the other team out at 7.15pm at the end of the first day for 404 it looks bad.”

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Published August 07, 2023 at 8:00 am (Updated August 08, 2023 at 8:07 am)

Somerset launch inquiry into club blazer-burning incident

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