Romsey Town vs. Babraham II

May 26, 2007

Romsey Town (134/6 in 40 six-ball overs)
lost to
Babraham II (138/2 in 28.4 six-ball overs)
by 8 wickets.

It has been reported to Cambridgeshire Police that a vicious thrashing occured on the Babraham recreation ground at around 2pm on Saturday, July 26, 2007.

Although the details are sketchy, it appears that a local Babraham gang (known as The Second Eleven) attacked a similarly sized group from the Cambridge suburb of Romsey Town, repeatedly hurling a small red projectile at them, claiming their actions were justified by the fact that a tossed coin had landed on the wrong side. Several of the victims, notably Rog Shelley (39*, of Bar Hill), Andy Owen (24, of Cambridge) and Marcelino Gopal (23, also of Cambridge) withstood the barrage for some time, but in the end were unable to resist further.

The fighting is reported to have stopped for a period (during which several witnesses claim to have seen the two groups eating together) only for the Romsey Massive to then mount a series of revenge attacks on isolated pairs of Babraham youths. Russell Woolf (2/25), in particular, is believed to have played a central role at this point, although he certainly did not act alone.

The police regard both the initial Babraham attacks and the resulting response as serious matters, and request that any eye-witnesses contact them immediately.