Official Statement

Official Statement

By Nathan Redwood
9th August 2018
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Club and Player statement following disciplinary hearing

Purnell CC held a disciplinary hearing on August 8th 2018 to deal with the events that occurred during our match against Minehead CC 2nd XI last Saturday August 4th.
At the hearing the bowler and the team Captain gave their reports of the incident and the decision of the Somerset Cricket League (SCL) disciplinary committee was read in full.
The player involved in the incident has decided to accept the nine match ban imposed by the League and will not be making an appeal. As a club we support this decision as we agree that the player has brought the game of cricket, the SCL and Purnell CC into disrepute.
Purnell CC would once again like to apologise to Jay Darrell and Minehead Cricket Club. We would also like to thank the SCL for their guidance and support, and we thank our players for the exemplary way in which they have handled themselves in the wake of this incident.
Finally we would like to stress once again that Mr Ronnie Casling, who has been wrongly accused of any involvement, was not the bowler responsible.
The player involved in the incident has made the following statement which he asked us to share.

Following the conclusion of the Club’s internal disciplinary process, I would like to make a formal apology to Jay Darrell, Minehead Cricket Club, Purnell Cricket Club, Ronnie Casling and to the rest of my teammates, for my actions at the conclusion of our match last Saturday.
I take sole responsibility for the incident and emphasise that no other person was aware of my intentions in the build up to the delivery. I acknowledge that I made an ill-judged and impulsive decision on approaching the wicket to bowl a no-ball, which resulted in a boundary and gave an unnatural ending to what was otherwise a competitive game of cricket.
I had never played against Jay Darrell before last weekend and I was not aware at the time that he was so close to what would have been a maiden century. Not only did he bat brilliantly, but Jay was also very gracious in accepting my initial apology in the dressing room after the match and I thank him for that.
In hindsight, I wish that a dead ball had been declared at the time of the incident to allow the game to continue to a more natural conclusion, however this would not have changed the nature of my actions, which I accept were not in keeping with the spirit of cricket.
I deeply regret the incident and the embarrassment that has been brought upon the two Clubs involved and also the Somerset Cricket League. I do not feel that this momentary lapse in judgement is a true reflection of my character, and it is certainly not representative of the culture of what is a very family orientated village cricket club in Purnell CC.
Finally, whilst I am disappointed with the severity of the ban imposed on me by the League, I will not be appealing their decision and I hope that this matter can now be considered closed.
I wish both Minehead and Purnell the best of luck for the remainder of the season.

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