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Sussex hit with sanction after ball-tampering breach

Sussex docked 24 points from last season’s Bob Willis Trophy tally for ball-tampering breach after veteran bowler put hand sanitiser on the ball

  • Sussex have been docked 24 points from last season’s Bob Willis Trophy tally 
  • The sanction relates to ball-tampering by veteran bowler Mitch Claydon 
  • Claydon was banned for nine matches for putting hand sanitiser on the ball 

Sussex have been docked 24 points from last season’s Bob Willis Trophy tally after accepting they breached ECB regulations.

The sanction, which plunged Sussex to the bottom of the south group with an amended record of just 12 points, related to veteran pace bowler Mitch Claydon ball-tampering.

Last month, the Australian-born Claydon was banned for a staggering nine matches for putting hand sanitiser on the ball during Sussex’s Bob Willis Trophy match against Middlesex at Radlett in August.

Sussex have been docked 24 points from last season’s Bob Willis Trophy for ball-tampering

The charge comes after veteran bowler Mitch Claydon was found to have ball-tampered

Six of those had already been served via an internal club suspension, and a seventh has since passed in the form of Vitality Blast quarter-final defeat to Lancashire.

The 37-year-old was also fined £1,000 for the incident, which breached ECB directives 3.3 and 3.7 – relating to conduct that is improper or ‘may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute’ and the contravention of the BWT playing conditions.

Claydon admitted to a charge relating to altering the condition of the ball at a hearing on September 30, and the same cricket discipline commission panel meted out the subsequent punishment to Sussex.




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