County news September 23, 2013

Cobb, Eckersley fined by police

Leicestershire say they will not be taking further action after two of their players were arrested following a fracas on a night out.

Josh Cobb, who is captain of Leicestershire's limited-overs side, and Ned Eckersley, who won the club's Player of the Year award, were arrested in the early hours of September 1 and fined for being drunk and disorderly.

"We have dealt with this matter internally and we will not be making any statement," Mike Siddall, the Leicestershire chief executive, told ESPNcricinfo. "It was a pretty trivial matter."

A police spokesman said: "Following an incident in Leicester city centre in the early hours of the morning on September 1, two young men aged 23 and 24 were arrested on public order offences. They were released on police bail pending further enquiries."

It is understood both Cobb and Eckersley are contemplating a move to new counties. Cobb was the fourth-highest run scorer in the Yorkshire Bank 40 with 578 runs at 52.54 and Eckersley defied Leicestershire's awful County Championship season with 1,275 runs at 53.12.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ohhhh on September 23, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    Eckersley needs to get his head down, work on his keeping and a Test spot could be available to him in 3 or 4 years time! Has to get past Bairstow and Foakes first!

  • Ian on September 23, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @davidge: Assuming there are any Leicestershire members left. As for moving elsewhere, are this pair really all that special yet? Currently, they look unlikely to be good enough for the national team so at least they'd be around for the whole season.

  • David on September 23, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    It struck me at St Helen's when Leicestershire were there for 5 days against Glamorgan that they are in a real mess as a county. A complete shambles on the field and clearly not together as a team. The coach spent most of the first morning sitting on a tractor on the opposite side of the ground to the changing room talking on his mobile - clearly to someone in the admin of the club back in Leicester. Seemed to be trying to explain dropping Hoggard in the main. Then during the YB40 O'Brien just batted for himself, removing any chance of Leics trying to win and even ignored 12th man when he was clearly sent out with a message. Feel sorry for Leics members.

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