County news September 5, 2014

Horton handed two game ban

ESPNcricinfo staff

Paul Horton almost led Lancashire to their first Twenty20 title this summer but will sit out the first two matches of their campaign next season after being suspended for dissent.

Horton, the Lancashire captain, appeared to refuse to leave the crease after being given out caught behind in the NatWest T20 Blast Final at Edgbaston, which Lancashire lost to Warwickshire.

Attempting to pull a delivery from Jeetan Patel, Horton was adjudged to have gloved the delivery through to Warwickshire wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose.

He was visibly unhappy with the decision and gestured with outstretched arms towards the umpire.

Horton was charged with a Level Two offence under the ECB's disciplinary code - showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision by word or action - earning him three penalty points.

But the Cricket Discipline Commission decided further action was necessary in accordance with summary procedure regulations 5 and 6.

Given the high profile of the event and the level of dissent shown - Michael Atherton described it as the worst since Chris Broad in the late 1980s - the commission handed down a two-match ban, which Horton accepted.

"I apologise to the umpires for my actions," Horton said. "I realise that these were unacceptable, particularly given the high profile nature of the match, watched by millions around the world on TV and a full house at Edgbaston. As players we must be aware of our responsibilities as role models, none more so than the captain."

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  • regofpicton on September 6, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Even here, on the other side of the world, his response looked quite shocking. On the other hand his current acknowledgement that he was seriously out of order is much in his favour. He didn't even mention the fact that his dismissal was a really poor umpiring decision, so well done that man.

  • George_Leeds on September 5, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    Absolutely terrible decision from the umpire. Regardless of how he reacted, which all can see was unacceptable and has resulted in a suitable punishment, this incorrect decision had a bearing on the result. This episode also showed how far behind county cricket is to international cricket which uses DRS. Lets not let shambolic decisions affect the result of matches that should purely be decided by on a cricket basis!

  • dummy4fb on September 5, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    You don't seem to mention that it wasn't out. The ban's right and he shouldn't have questioned the umpire but if the decision was correct it wouldn't have happened. So as well as slapping down bans, the ECB also need to work out how they can avoid crucial wrong decisions, particularly given the emotionally charged atmosphere on T20 Finals day.

  • dummy4fb on September 5, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    Harsh but fair. Completely understand his reaction. It certainly wasn't out and it was at a crucial stage in a Final. Emotions and tensions were high, I don't blame the guy for being upset, I am sure 99% of us would have shown our disappointment. What can you do?

  • Cricinfouser on September 5, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Have the umpires been disciplined for their poor performance?

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