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Last Updated: Monday, 23 June, 2003, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Derbyshire warned over pitch
Derbyshire have been handed a suspended points penalty after the pitch for last week's Twenty20 Cup victory over Nottinghamshire was deemed unacceptable.

Notts were bowled out for 94 - the first time a side had succumbed for under 100 in county cricket's newest competition - as the home side clinched a nine-wicket win last Thursday.

But umpires Ian Gould and Barry Leadbeater deemed the pitch poor in their post-match report.

And, after reviewing statements by the umpires and interviewing the captains, an England and Wales Cricket Board panel agreed the pitch had displayed very minimal bounce.

If any one-day pitch at the Racecourse ground is marked poor in the next 12 months, the Scorpions face a penalty worth half a win - two points for a National League match or one for a Twenty20 game.

If a poor pitch features in a home Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy match next season, they would concede home advantage for the next round.

Derbyshire suffered an eight-point penalty last season, effectively ending hopes of promotion from County Championship Division Two, after producing an under-prepared pitch for their match against Middlesex.


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