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Players punished for Oval clash

THE England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that two cricketers received penalties under the discipline code after an incident in the exciting LV= County Championship draw between Surrey and Middlesex at the Brit Oval on May 6-9.

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Unusually a bowler was not involved, so Scott Newman and Billy Godleman can claim a certain status after being named on a report by umpires Jeff Evans and David Millns. Newman was cited for "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play", and Godleman for "using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or making an obscene gesture", both Level Two breaches of the code.

Newman received three penalty points and Godleman was given a reprimand, due to remain on their records for a period of two years. The accumulation of nine or more penalty points in any two-year period results in an automatic suspension. Godleman's reprimand turns into three points in the event of further transgression.

Tempers boiled over when Phil Hughes upset the volatile South African pace bowler Andre Nel by cutting him for successive boundaries to reach his century. By coincidence or not Nel then sent down a high full toss which Hughes did well to parry and avoid injurty. The Australian immediately protested to Nel, who then apologised.

Posted by Charlie Randall
14/05/2009 18:48:20
Hard to believe the high full toss by Nel was not deliberate but did the umpires prevent him from bowling?n
Posted by David Northwood
15/05/2009 21:11:13
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