WATCH: Fans throw punches as brawl breaks out in Headingley test between England and New Zealand
England beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the third and final Test on Tuesday May 28 to complete a 3-0 draw against the Black Caps at home. It was a thrilling contest between the two teams as England comfortably chased the 296 run target in the second set thanks to brilliant shots from Ollie Pope (82), Joe Root (86) and Jonny Bairstow (71) to save their third victory. at a trot and cleanly sweep the rubber at three games.
While the cricket action was intense and thrilling, the match was marred by controversy as a fight broke out between a group of fans at Headingley. There was a fight in the stands and fans were seen punching each other. The incident happened on day 4 of Sunday’s Test match on the West Terrace at Headingley.
A man wearing a replica of England great Paul Gascoigne’s jersey was seen punching another fan in the stands. Others also joined in and it turned into a full-fledged fight as soon as punches were exchanged from both sides, prompting the intervention of the police. The fans had to be separated by the police as the fight was stopped.
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The Official England Cricket Supporters Group – Barmy Army reacted to the incident and issued a statement condemning the behavior of fans involved in a brawl at Headingley. The Barmy Army said it takes pride in its code of conduct which is centered around the enjoyment of the game in peace.
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It’s unclear whether the fight broke out between England and New Zealand supporters but the ugly scenes in the stands left many supporters uneasy. Speaking of the test match, England dominated the proceedings throughout the proceedings by grouping the Kiwis for 329 points in their first innings before posting 360 points on the board to take a slight lead in their first innings.
Tom Blundell, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Latham slammed half-centuries each to take New Zealand past the 300-point mark again as the visitors posted 326 points in their second innings. However, England chased the target of 296 runs with ease to complete a 3-0 shutout.