This incident brought back the bitter memories of Sri Lanka's Suraj Randiv bowling a massive no-ball that left India's Virender Sehwag stranded on 99 in an ODI at Dambulla in 2010
Cricket is known as a gentleman's game and yet at a time when the International Cricket Council (ICC) is trying desperately to undo the damage caused by the ball-tampering saga, another incident has landed the game a heavy blow.
The incident is from a match between Minehead Cricket Club and Purnell Cricket Club in the Somerset Cricket League being held in England.
Jay Darrell, a Minehead Cricket Club batsman, was on the crease at 98, looking forward to his maiden century, when the bowler threw the ball over the boundary ropes to concede a no-ball. This resulted in Darrell being denied his century.
This incident created a furore in the cricketing circles. Angus Marsh, a celebrated Minehead CC player, was visibly upset with this incident and took to Twitter to express his discontent. He tweeted, "Today I witnessed the worst cricket moment of my life... @MineheadCricket 2s needed 5 runs to win, Jay Darrell was on 95*, never scored a league ton! Purnell's bowler THREW the ball for a no-ball 6... embarrassing! @BumbleCricket thoughts?"
Celebrities like journalist Piers Morgan and former Kent and England cricketer Rob Key also took to Twitter to condemn the incident.
The batsman in question, Darrell, however, was focused on the favourable ending for his side. He tweeted, "Hell of a game today shame the way it ended but oh well!!! Thanks for all the support today!! #UTP #Mineheadcc #litter"
Following the outcry over the incident, Purnell Cricket Club has issued an official statement which promised to deal with the player concerned according to rules and spirit of the game.
This incident brought back the bitter memories of Sri Lanka's Suraj Randiv bowling a massive no-ball that left India's Virender Sehwag stranded on 99 in an ODI at Dambulla in 2010.
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Last Updated Aug 8, 2018, 5:37 PM IST