Tuesday 26 June 2007 

Incident At Southgate Blown Out Of All Proportion

Vinny Codrington, Chief Executive of Middlesex County Cricket Club, was present throughout last night’s game at the Walker Ground Southgate and aftermath and has today conducted a full inquiry into the events.

“There are a number of issues that require clarification” he stated. “Firstly, with regard to the damage incurred to the Hampshire team bus which was parked against the perimeter fence behind the pavilion and was in clear sight of stewards at all times. An individual from outside the ground and over the perimeter fence threw a rock at the coach and broke the outside of the double glazing on two windows. This incident took place during the match when the coach was stationery and empty. A steward was nearby and the police were called immediately. It is now a police matter and they are carrying out their investigation. The club is assisting the police in every way it can.”

“Secondly, the Middlesex dressing room was broken into and several wallets and some playing kit were stolen from five of the playing staff. At this stage it would appear that the crime may have been perpetrated by two youngsters familiar to the ground and its layout. This, again, is now a police matter and no further comment will be made until the investigation is complete.”

“I heard Nic Pothas’ comments on radio last night and they were not targeted at Southgate specifically but were over Twenty20 crowds generally and we will be discussing this further with the ECB.”

“I am surprised to hear the suggestion that there was any verbal abuse or unruly behaviour at last night’s game. No such incidents were reported either to, or by, the stewards. Overall the atmosphere was friendly, family orientated and positive. It is a shame that two unrelated incidents by different individuals have been blown out of proportion and spoilt what was a very enjoyable evening, where much money was raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Both these very unfortunate incidents caused by the individuals with no interest in Middlesex CCC or cricket in general must not be allowed to sully the reputation of our club or it’s terrific supporters.”

“I am, however, reviewing our stewarding for future matches at outgrounds. I will be reminding our stewards, all of whom are professionally trained, of their responsibilities prior to tomorrow night’s match at Uxbridge. We sincerely hope that all spectators will come, enjoy the day and the Twenty20 experience supporting both sides in a positive and enjoyable manner.”

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