'Pathetic' act of poor sportsmanship shocks cricket world

An English cricketer has had what could’ve been a special moment in his career ruined by a ‘pathetic’ act from a rival bowler.

Jay Darrell was competing in a second grade Somerset Cricket League one-dayer for Minehead CC against Purnell CC, when he racked up a huge score.

Chasing 280 for victory, Darrell had entered the fray with his side at 3/116, and immediately set about whittling away the deficit.

Soon Darrell found himself within a shot of his first century in the competition, on 95 runs.

However, what could have been a special moment for the young man was brutally ruined by a Purnell bowler.

With two runs needed for Minehead to earn victory, the Purnell bowler intentionally threw the ball straight over the boundary line, ending the match and destroying any hope of a century for Darrell.

The bowler then allegedly laughed at the incident, while his teammates, and of course the Minehead players, were disgusted.


The Minehead Cricket Club responded to the incident on Twitter, saying the opposition captain had apologised for the unsavoury incident.



Unsurprisingly, onlookers were blowing up on Twitter upon hearing the news, with some slamming the club of Purnell for not appropriately dealing with the matter.

As usual, British media figure Piers Morgan led the charge.







Thankfully, Jay Darrell himself was ready to move on from the incident, as he took to Twitter to thank his followers for their support.