An amateur cricketer who threw the ball over the boundary to prevent a young batsman scoring a maiden century has been banned for nine matches.
The unnamed bowler was condemned around the world for his unsporting behaviour, which left Jay Darrell languishing on 98 not out.
Mr Darrell, 23, was playing for Minehead Second XI when his side needed five runs to win against Purnell Cricket Club in the Somerset Cricket League.
There were two overs remaining and three batsmen to come.
An unnamed bowler was condemned around the world for his unsporting behaviour, which left Jay Darrell (pictured right, bowling in a different match) languishing on 98 not out
Many people took to Twitter to vent their anger about the controversial ending to the game
In a tweet, Purnell Cricket Club said that the incident would be dealt with internally
Minehead Cricket Club remained upbeat about the match despite its bowler missing out on a century
But instead of bowling a competitive ball to Darrell, the man threw it over his head towards the boundary, conceding four overthrows and a no-ball which handed victory to Minehead.
Piers Morgan, who described it as ‘utterly pathetic’, was one of a number of people on social media who criticised the Purnell bowler’s behaviour, with the story spreading as far as Australia and New Zealand.
The Somerset Cricket League has now banned the bowler for nine matches for bringing the league and cricket in general into disrepute.
In a statement, the league said: ‘The Somerset Cricket League has noted the details of an incident that occurred in the Division 2 match between Minehead 2nd XI v Purnells CC, played on 4th August 2018.
The scorecard from the match which shows Darrell stranded on 98 not out and bowler Ronnie Casling part of the way through an over when the match finished
‘The SCL Disciplinary Committee has reviewed the incident. The incident in its opinion brought the SCL and cricket in general into disrepute and contained behaviour that was against the Spirit of the Game.
‘As a result of this review, a Purnells CC player has been banned for the next 9 completed SCL matches.’
The statement added that the player banned was not Ronnie Casling, who was suggested as the guilty bowler online.
Mr Darrell, 23, was playing for Minehead Second XI when his side needed five runs to win against Purnell Cricket Club in the Somerset Cricket League