Durham are deducted 10 County Championship points for Australian batter Nic Maddinson using an over-sized bat against Derbyshire – and slip below Mickey Arthur’s side in the table as a result!
- Durham have been punished after Nic Maddinson wielded an over-sized bat
- The Australian batter’s breach came in a match against Derbyshire in September
- Durham have been deducted 10 County Championship points for the offence
Durham have been docked 10 County Championship points after Australian Nic Maddinson used an over-sized bat against Derbyshire earlier this month.
Maddinson had scored a single run on the second day of the match at Derby when umpire Hassan Adnan halted play, concerned the bat’s measurements exceeded cricket’s regulations.
Adnan’s suspicions proved well founded when the offending article would not pass through a bat gauge in an on-field test and it also failed a second test that evening.
Durham have been docked 10 County Championship points after the club’s Australian batter Nic Maddinson (pictured) used an over-sized bat against Derbyshire earlier this month
Maddinson had scored a single run on the second day of the match at Derby when umpire Hassan Adnan halted play, concerned the bat’s measurements exceeded cricket’s regulations
Durham have accepted their points sanction from the Cricket Discipline Commission.
The CDC said despite mitigation that the offence was committed unintentionally, it was a player’s responsibility to ensure any equipment used conforms to the laws of the game.
A bat must not be longer than 96.52cm from the handle down and its dimensions should not exceed 10.8cm for width, 6.7cm for depth and 4cm for its edges.
Maddinson’s unintentional offence means Durham drop below Derbyshire in the league table
If it does, it will not fit pass through the metal gauge carried by officials.
Bats are checked twice in such circumstances as wood can swell in damp conditions and the second test allows time for it to dry out.
The penalty meant that Durham effectively claimed just two points from what turned out to be a drawn match, and will slip a place from fifth to sixth in the final standings in Division Two as a result.