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On this day in cricket, 30 July 1964

Cricket violence causes chaos

There were violent scenes in Brighton today as hundreds of umpires and groundsmen clashed along the seafront.
Bank Holiday tourists fled in terror as a large gang of white coated officials on bicycles taunted a visiting group of Lord’s ground staff who had driven to the popular holiday destination on a stolen heavy rollers. Running battles broke out all afternoon until Police stepped in to disperse the ruffians.
Local café owner Sid Perks said : ‘’ It’s the same every year , a load of cricket troublemakers come down here like a bad smell and start kicking lumps out of each other. We’re all fed up of it .’'
Deckchair attendant Maurice Harker added : '' A load of groundsmen grabbed my deckchairs and started breaking them up to use as weapons. They said that the umpires were going to get it because they had been constantly reporting their pitches to the ECB . I don't understand why they have to come here to have their punch-ups . I mean , can't they just sort it out in the Lord's car park like the MCC and the Jockey Club used to do ? ''



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