Charity cricket match descends into brawl as thugs club each other with bats

Cricket players were pictured smashing each other with their bats during a charity match.

The brawl broke out at Mote Park Cricket Club in Maidstone, Kent, on Sunday, July 18.

The players, believed to be from Gravesend and Medway, were pictured having an animated discussion close to the edge of the pitch.

A topless hooligan then ran towards them swinging a bat.

Two others started trading blows, with eyewitnesses left screaming in fear.

Another player was struck to the floor, as more bat-wielding louts started clubbing their rivals.

At one point, female spectators rushed onto the field to try and break up the melee.

Paramedics rushed to the ground and said four people were injured with one having to go to hospital for treatment.

Police said officers were also called and are investigating the incident, but no arrests have yet been made.

The match was held to raise money for Share for Care, which helps those in need of medical treatment in Pakistan and the Heart of Kent Hospice.

Shehzad Akram, who helped with the running of the event, said: "We tried our best for charity and these lunatics just spoiled it.

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"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. 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."

The T10 cricket tournament was made up of unaffiliated sides of different friends who regularly competed for different teams in the Kent cricket league.

It is understood players from Gravesend Cricket Club, including some of its junior members, were hurt in the conflict with a side from Gillingham.

Tim Hance, Gravesend CC's joint-chairman who was not present, described the scenes as "shocking" and said players from his club were targeted without provocation .

The following day, the Mote Cricket Club said it was not involved in the event as the ground was rented by the organisers.

A spokesman wrote: "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."

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