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Spectators ejected for courtsiding and intoxication at Cricket World Cup clash between Zimbabwe and the West Indies at Manuka Oval

Three men caught courtsiding and a group of rowdy spectators were thrown out of Tuesday's Cricket World Cup clash between Zimbabwe and the West Indies at Manuka Oval. 

The event's operation commander, ACT Policing superintendent Rob Wilson, said security staff removed 21 men from a grassed area for having glass bottles in the venue and disruptive, drunken behaviour.

"While the majority of the crowd enjoyed the match without incident, a small group of men displayed unruly behaviour and were ejected," superintendent Wilson said.

One of the men was taken into police custody for intoxication inside the venue after security staff tried to remove him.

He was issued with three Criminal Infringement Notices totaling $1000 and taken to the ACT Watch House.

Another man was taken into police custody for intoxication outside the venue and also taken to the ACT Watch House.

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Security staff removed three other people for throwing items into the crowd.

Three men were also forced to leave and issued with ICC banning notices after being caught courtsiding, or pitchsiding, when spectators take advantage of broadcasting time delays and relay game information to others to manipulate betting.

It follows the discovery of a man caught courtsiding at the match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at Manuka Oval on February 18.

Superintendent Wilson said the incidents put a dampener on an otherwise enthusiastic crowd of more than 5,500 spectators and police were pleased with the generally well-behaved crowd.

The largely empty crowd who braved the drizzle were rewarded with one of the greatest ever innings in the history of one-day cricket when Chris Gayle produced record-breaking innings.

The West Indies won by 73 runs, bowling out Zimbabwe for 289.