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Club bowler apologises for throwing the ball over the boundary

The issue has been keenly discussed in the cricket world over the past five days, with the Purnell bowler's actions leading to a nine-match ban, which the SCL hope will deter "trouble-makers"

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Declan Redwood has made a public apology

The bowler responsible for sending the ball to the boundary and denying a batsman the chance of reaching his century in a Somerset Cricket League match has apologised.

In a statement on Purnell Cricket Club's website, Declan Redwood said sorry to the man who was left stranded on 98, Jay Darrell, the opposing club Minehead and his own club for his actions.

The issue has been keenly discussed in the cricket world over the past five days, with Redwood's actions leading to a nine-match ban, which the SCL hope will deter "trouble-makers".

Redwood, Purnell's fixtures secretary, has accepted sole responsibility for the incident in a substantial written apology, following the conclusion of an internal review into the incident by Purnell.

His team-mate Ronnie Casling had initially been named by one national media outlet as the bowler in question.

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Part of the statement read: "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.

"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."

Both clubs and the league say they consider the matter closed, with Somerset Cricket League chairman Malcolm Fox confirming in an email to The Cricketer that the nine-match suspension handed to Redwood - which rules him out of his club's remaining four matches of this season and the first five of the 2019 campaign - was for his actions in delivering the no ball only.

Fox wrote: "The Somerset League is renowned for its conduct and discipline and so the incident on Saturday last is an action out of all context.  

"It was a totally uncalled for, an individual decision, adrift from the team behaviour and to the surprise of all concerned. 

"The suspension of nine games for the player, Declan Redwood, was for his action alone and reflects the seriousness it represents for the SCL and cricket in general. Hopefully the severity of the suspension will deter potential trouble makers from upsetting our Saturday enjoyment in future.

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All involved in the incident declare it closed

"The incident is now closed."

Redwood and Purnell will be accepting the SCL's nine-match ban and will not be appealing, following discussions held at an internal disciplinary hearing on August 8.

Minehead have issued a statement saying they hold no resentment towards Purnell or Redwood. 

Redwood's statement in full reads: "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.

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"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."

A Purnell statement read: "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."

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