Unhappy about alleged ball-tampering May 13, 2005

Glamorgan complain to ECB over Kirby

Cricinfo staff

Steve Kirby: the car-park incident rumbles on © Getty Images

Glamorgan have made an official complaint to the ECB about Steve Kirby, accusing him of ball-tampering during their seven-wicket defeat by Gloucestershire in the last round of Championship matches.

Kirby, the former Yorkshire fast bowler, was accused of deliberately scuffing the ball on the concrete after David Hemp hit a six into the car park. At the time, he was reported by the umpires at Sophia Gardens, Nigel Cowley and John Hampshire, who included the allegations of ball-tampering in their match report.

Glamorgan's complaint will be reviewed by the ECB's David Gabbitass, who has already asked Gloucestershire to conduct a thorough internal inquiry and present the results to him by May 19.

Soon after the alleged incident on the third day of the match, John Derrick, Glamorgan's coach, strode onto the pitch to complain about the alteration of the ball's condition, although the umpires were unable to determine whether the scuffing had been caused by anything other than the initial bounce of the ball.