Bermuda July 15, 2009

Weekend of shame in Bermuda

Bermuda's already poor international reputation took another hit at the weekend with reports that several domestic matches were blighted by scenes of ill-discipline

Bermuda's already poor international reputation took another hit at the weekend with reports that several domestic matches were blighted by scenes of ill-discipline. The Royal Gazette reported that two first division games finished early while another was marred by unpleasant scenes.

The worst scenes came in a match between Leg Trappers and Western Stars when a disputed catch triggered a series of rows which culminated in a changing room allegedly being trashed. Trouble flared when a batsman refused to walk, leading to a confrontation with fielders which continued despite attempts by umpires to intervene. Eventually, the players left the field and that is when equipment was damaged.

The game between Devonshire and Willow Cuts was also abandoned after a family row at the ground which led to a fight between two related Devonshire players. Again, the umpires scrapped the match in the interests of players' safety.

In another fixture between Southampton Rangers and Social Club, a group of Rangers' players are believed to have pressured an umpire into changing a run-out decision after he was surrounded by angry fielders. The newspaper reported that a Social Club player "showed his contempt for the decision by walking on to the field without proper attire, removing the bails and pulling the stumps out of the ground".

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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  • JT on July 17, 2009, 7:47 GMT

    I dont know what all the fuss is about.

    Fighting, games being abandoned, lack of respect for umpires, poor pitches, ignorant spectators, lack of BCB comment, continued over-funding from govt for the richly deserving national team pros, appaling facilities etc.....

    Just a normal day in Bermuda cricket.

    Still, let's focus all our efforts on finding a replacement for Gus rather than the real issue in Bermuda cricket which is the shambolic way in which grass roots cricket is organised, played and offciated.

  • JT on July 17, 2009, 7:47 GMT

    I dont know what all the fuss is about.

    Fighting, games being abandoned, lack of respect for umpires, poor pitches, ignorant spectators, lack of BCB comment, continued over-funding from govt for the richly deserving national team pros, appaling facilities etc.....

    Just a normal day in Bermuda cricket.

    Still, let's focus all our efforts on finding a replacement for Gus rather than the real issue in Bermuda cricket which is the shambolic way in which grass roots cricket is organised, played and offciated.

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  • JT on July 17, 2009, 7:47 GMT

    I dont know what all the fuss is about.

    Fighting, games being abandoned, lack of respect for umpires, poor pitches, ignorant spectators, lack of BCB comment, continued over-funding from govt for the richly deserving national team pros, appaling facilities etc.....

    Just a normal day in Bermuda cricket.

    Still, let's focus all our efforts on finding a replacement for Gus rather than the real issue in Bermuda cricket which is the shambolic way in which grass roots cricket is organised, played and offciated.