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Hampshire bowls final ends after 'attempted headbutt'

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A county bowls final was abandoned after an argument erupted when a player appeared to headbutt an opponent, who fell and broke a finger.The Hampshire County Mens Final between Southsea Waverley and Boscombe Cliff was held in Southampton on Sunday.Players reported a Boscombe player squaring up to an opponent following a dispute over bowls “etiquette”.Other Boscombe players immediately conceded the match, meaning Waverley retained the county champions title.Waverley secretary Peter Aldridge said both clubs were “mortified by the behaviour”.’Not acceptable’He said he had been told by members who were present that the player, in his 30s, was hurt after the argument blew up during the final and a headbutt was attempted.Mr Aldridge said: “Bowls has changed over the years – people do get excited but this was not acceptable.”It doesn’t represent the attitude of Boscombe Cliff and is not representative of the game.”Boscombe Cliff Bowls Club has been approached for a comment.A spokesman for Bowls Hampshire said an investigation into the incident is underway, reported the Bournemouth Echo.A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said it had not been reported to police.
Source: BBC Hampshire