Leicestershire: Points deduction sees club eliminated from T20 Blast

Two fixed penalty notices imposed by the Cricket Disciplinary Commission end their campaign with a match to spare

The Leicestershire Foxes crashed out of the T20 Blast in ignominious circumstances after being handed a two-run penalty by the Cricket Disciplinary Committee.

The Grace Road club were preparing for a direct shootout with Yorkshire Vikings for the final Group North quarter-final spot on Sunday July 3.

But their last eight hopes came to an abrupt end with news of two set penalties incurred in the recent home win over the Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

Naveen-ul-Haq threw two beamers in the 19th and Arron Lilley’s showdown with Jimmy Neesham as the New Zealander was exhausted prompted the final action.

The result means Yorkshire or Notts Outlaws will progress to the last eight of the competition, but leave Leicestershire, who slip to seventh in the table on 12 points, given the impact of their recent dismal disciplinary record.

Between August 2, 2020 and July 1, 2021, Leicestershire received six set penalties for breaching ECB Directive 3.6, triggered by a dissenting incident by Lilley in a Blast match against Notts Outlaws, which led to a suspended sentence based on future good conduct.

But the CDC panel was forced to reconsider after Ben Mike damaged the pitch three times in a home game against Northants as a two-game ban and a one-point deduction were imposed.

Another point penalty – 12 in the LV = Insurance The County Championship, two in the One Day Cup or Blast – was held over the club for the next 12 months and would be activated on a further offence.


Arron Lilley and Naveen-ul-Haq (David Rogers/Getty Images)

These came – taking the figure to nine in the past 23 months – in the dramatic conclusion to a one-point victory over Northants on Friday July 1, which had appeared to keep their quarter-final hopes alive before the last lap of the group. fixtures.

Speedy Afghan Naveen committed the first offense by playing two no-balls for height to Neesham and Lewis McManus in the penultimate inning of the Steelbacks chase.

He was then taken out of attack and Rehan Ahmed played the remainder of the delivery.

With Northants needing 19 from the final, Neesham was run down on 51 as partner Tom Taylor attempted a second run, leaving the all-rounder short of his ground.

Among Leicestershire’s celebrations, Neesham faced Lilley, who ran from deep as the World Cup runners-up left the pitch.

The Running Foxes had planned to bring in a match referee before the start of the 2022 season, while general manager Sean Jarvis spoke directly to the players about their conduct.

They had also accepted a previous suggestion from the disciplinary committee to draw up their own code of conduct in order to avoid further breaches.

A statement from the club said they were “devastated” by the development and had worked “tirelessly” to improve their disciplinary record.

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