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DERBYSHIRE CAUTIONED FOR ACTIONS 'PREJUDICIAL TO THE INTERESTS OF CRICKET'

The charge relates to the abandonment of a County Championship game in September

Derbyshire have been cautioned by the Cricket Discipline Commission over the abandonment of their County Championship clash with Kent at Chesterfield in September.

The CDC looked into the matter following a formal complaint from Kent at the end of the four-day match, during which no play was possible.

Heavy rain caused further flooding to an already saturated outfield at the county’s out ground, preventing any action from taking place.

It was the 11th time in Derbyshire's history that a first-class game has been abandoned at Chesterfield without a ball bowled, although the meeting with Kent had originally been scheduled for Derby.

The CDC handed out a caution after ruling Derbyshire’s actions in moving the location of the game three days before it was due to start because the Derby venue was being used for a concert were “prejudicial to the interests of cricket”.

The county was not given a fine or points deduction for the offence but the CDC suggested such sanctions could be used in similar cases in the future.

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A statement read: “Derbyshire's decision to host a concert at the Derby ground in September, three days before the scheduled fixture, was optimistic and meant that the match had to be moved to Chesterfield after the county found that their ground did not recover as expected.

“Whilst Derby is the primary venue for first-class cricket in Derbyshire and its drainage is superior to Chesterfield, there was no breach of the ECB pitch document in relation to the state of the Chesterfield pitch and there is no evidence that there was a material likelihood 72 hours before the scheduled start that there would be no play across the course of the match.

“Despite the very professional efforts of the Chesterfield authorities and groundstaff (of whom no criticism at all is made) no play was possible as a result of a wet outfield following heavy downpours on the evening prior to the match and on day three of the fixture.

“Although Derbyshire considered their decision to host a concert carefully beforehand and acted on the advice of the promoter, their decision to host the concert in September was taken with insufficient experience as to how long it would take their ground to recover from a concert.

“The complete abandonment of the match caused great frustration and disappointment for players and spectators alike and could have had more serious consequences for both Kent and Derbyshire.”

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