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English T20 match abandoned after player-fan altercation

Chris Skyes has been suspended for the next game but might face further action.

Chris Skyes
The match was abandoned after Chris Skyes (R) attacked a spectator (Image credit: examiner.co.uk)

Over the years, plenty of cricket matches have been abandoned for various reasons, with bad weather being the primary contributor. However, a game was abandoned in England recently after a player attacked a spectator.

Denby Dale Cricket Club hosted Almondbury Wesleyan Cricket club in the Total Indoor Cricket Solutions Twenty20 Shield contest. But the game had to be stopped midway by the umpires after Almondbury’s bowler Chris Skyes allegedly attacked a spectator supporting the opposition team.

The bowler has been suspended from playing or having any part in the next match, while also running the risk of facing further action, which would ultimately depend on the umpire’s reports.

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A report from ‘The Huddersfield Daily Examiner’ stated: “A cricket match had to be abandoned after an Almondbury Wesleyans player allegedly attacked an opposition spectator."

It further added: "An eyewitness told the Examiner that bowler Chris Sykes, who was fielding near the boundary, got into a verbal dispute with the Denby Dale member which resulted in an alleged attack.”

The report even added that under the circumstances, the Almondbury team had no option but to abandon the Total Indoor Cricket Solutions match at Wakefield Road, Dendy Bale’s ground and forfeit the match.

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Almondbury in a statement said: "Almondbury Wesleyan Cricket Club can confirm that they were involved in an incident during a 20/20 cricket match between Denby Dale Cricket Club and Almondbury Wesleyan CC earlier this week at Denby Dale's cricket ground.”

The statement added: "During the second half of the match an incident took place involving a Denby Dale member and supporter, and a Wes cricket player who was fielding close to the boundary edge.”

They further added that the incident got out of hand and was serious enough for the umpires to take a call and stop the game and take the players away from the field. They even said that some time later, the umpires decided to abandon the match after consulting with both the captains.

The chairman of the Denby Dale CC, Richard Hobson was also watching the match. After the incident took place, he said that he was busy with something else when the altercation happened, so he couldn’t see the incident. He also said that the cricket club is doing all it can to make sure that the upcoming match taking place on Saturday is played properly between the same clubs.

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