PIERS Morgan has lent unlikely support to a Somerset cricket team after controversy erupted at the end of their match.

Former England cricketer Rob Key also weighed in to the debate on Sky Sports after the unsavoury ending to the match between Minehead 2nd XI and Bristol-based club Purnell on Saturday.

Minehead youngster Jay Darrell, seeking a first ever league century, was on 95 not out with his team needing five more runs to win.

The Purnell bowler then decided to throw the ball over the boundary rope for a no-ball six, therefore ensuring Minehead's victory but leaving Darrell agonisingly short of his landmark ton.

Minehead player Angus Marsh took to Twitter to describe it as "the worst cricket moment of my life", leading to the likes of Morgan and Sky Sports having their say.

Somerset County Gazette:

'PATHETIC': Piers Morgan has his say on Twitter

The issue also gained the attention of Rob Key, commentating on Nottinghamshire's T20 match against Worcestershire for Sky Sports, who said: "How average is that? That is appalling."

The player himself took to social media to say the following:

Purnell have apologised and stated "the matter will be dealt with internally".

Minehead won the Division 2 match by four wickets despite the drama - see Thursday's County Gazette for the full story.