December 1, 2007


Florida match ends with player being shot

Martin Williamson

A cricket game in Florida ended when one of the players shot an opponent with a semi-automatic rifle.

The UPI agency reported that Devan Bascom shot Francis Singh in the abdomen after he was threatened him with a cricket bat following a heated argument in the match in Orlando. In a rather bizarre comment, police said that while Bascom appeared to be acting in self defence, the presence of a gun at a game was “unusual”.

"The shooter was defending himself from an attack with a cricket bat which is similar to a baseball bat, but it's flat," a spokesman said. "For this man to bring a firearm to a sporting event is odd but then again, he has the right to do so. He has a concealed weapons permit and if, in fact, he was protecting himself, he was authorized by law to do so."

Bascom was questioned by police but not arrested while Singh underwent an operation and was reported to be in a stable condition.


Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by Gangster Rap on (March 4, 2008, 15:15 GMT)

This is unbelievable! One day I was being attacked with a ball and all I did was hitting every one of them outside the designated area. Some guy in whites and a funny round hat kept on pointing both of his hands towards the sky. I wondered if he is calling for help or something. I got so tired after a while that I started walking toward my car and other people started clapping. They said words/phrases like "bravo," "lajawab," and "you batted like sashin tandaltar." They were wearing white clothes as well.

When I was in Barbados playing in Sir Garfield Sober tournament, other players kept on asking me, "does US have a creeckeyt teeeam?" "Do you guys play creeckeyt?"

Posted by Angus on (December 19, 2007, 23:29 GMT)

I wonder if, under Florida law, a player could claim self-defence for shooting an opponent on the square for repeatedly bowling bouncers.

Posted by chamara deeyamulla university of moratuwa,srilanka on (December 14, 2007, 11:50 GMT)

oh no ... do u know cricket is gentlemen's game

Posted by Angus on (December 7, 2007, 1:24 GMT)

That's cricket in North America for you. Even umpires turn up with knives here. And they wonder why the ICC expelled them.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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