When push comes to shove about a bound­ary, it’s just not cricket

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Cricket is t r adi­tion­ally de­scribed as a gen­tle­man’s game – but there was noth­ing gen­tle about the scuf­fle that broke out dur­ing Ald­ing­ton’s match at the week­end.

A dis­pute over whether or not an Ald­ing­ton bats­man hit a four ended in a group brawl, which the um­pire said was the worst behaviour he had wit­nessed in his 40-year ca­reer.

Sun­day af­ter­noon’s Kent Vil­lage Cricket League Three game between Ald­ing­ton Cricket Club’s 1st XI and Detling Cricket Club at Detling was go­ing well un­til a home fielder tried to stop a ball reach­ing the bound­ary but missed.

Ald­ing­ton um­pire Robert Wanstall, who was at square leg when the ar­gu­ment broke out, said: “In 40-odd years I have never seen any­thing quite like it. It’s not what you ex­pect from a cricket match.

“There was no on­go­ing ri­valry between the two clubs, it just came com­pletely out of the blue.

“Their guy dived for the ball and it hit his arm, rolled un­der his body, hit the fence and rolled back.

“I looked at the other um­pire, sig­nalled it was a four and thought that was the end of it.

“The fielder as­sumed it hadn’t gone for four and just saw red. A few words were ex­changed and this guy just ran off the pitch and up to our guys that were bat­ting.

“I’ve never seen a guy run 30 me­tres to prove a point, so to speak.

“There was a bit of push­ing and shov­ing. Peo­ple were hold­ing peo­ple back who were sup­pos­edly in­volved. There was a lot of shout­ing and a few swear words. It was a bit of a ker­fuf­fle.

“It died down and we car­ried on.

“The teams shook hands af­ter the game and the man apol­o­gised but we thought it wasn’t the best idea to go to the pub and have a drink to­gether so we just went straight back home.”

Mr Wanstall said no punches were thrown, no one was in­jured and the po­lice were not called.

He sub­mit­ted a re­port to the league and of­fi­cials will in­ves­ti­gate and de­cide whether to take any ac­tion against the play­ers in­volved.

The Ken­tish Ex­press tried with­out suc­cess to con­tact Detling Cricket Club for a com­ment.

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An e-fit im­age of the man po­lice are hunt­ing

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