Cricket: Bat-wielding thugs attack players at charity cricket match – VIDEO | UK | News
Thugs could be seen swinging their cricket bats at rival players. Shocking footage of the incident shows a group of players engaged in an animated discussion close to the edge of the pitch, before a topless thug sprints towards them swinging willow. Two more hooligans – one still wearing his pads – are then seen exchanging blows, as the screams of onlookers ring out across the ground.
The violence erupted at the end of a game at Mote Park Cricket Club in Maidstone on Sunday at a chair fundraiser.
Shehzad Akram, who helped with the running of the event, said: “We tried our best for charity and these lunatics just spoiled it.
“At the end of the day, we were having the final match and it was the last couple of overs when some guys came on the pitch and attacked a few of the players.
“I don’t know what the main reason was behind it, but there were some troublemakers in the ground.
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“They started fighting with their bats and hitting people.
“I was far away from it, but by the time I got near, they were still fighting and swearing at each other.”
Mr Akram says police arrived at the ground after the fight broke out at about 7pm.
Paramedics were also called to tend to those who sustained injuries.
On social media on Monday, The Mote Cricket Club said: “The Mote CC would like to distance ourselves from any events that took place at our club yesterday.
“We do not oversee and are not responsible for behaviour of any of those who commercially rent our ground.
“We do not condone these events, and are saddened and disappointed in the organisers and those involved with the incident.”
A Kent Police spokesman told KentOnline: “We were called at around 6.50pm on Sunday regarding a disturbance at a sportsground in Willow Way, Maidstone.
“Officers attended and spoke to those who were present at the scene.
“There have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries are continuing into the incident.”