July 13, 2000

Middlesex deducted eight points over Southgate Pitch

ECB Statement
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The England and Wales Cricket Board's(ECB) Pitch Panel, Mike Denness and Alan Fordham, tonight rated the pitch at Southgate for Middlesex's PPP healthcare County Championship division two fixture against Somerset as 'poor.'

The Pitch Panel decided that there were no extenuating circumstances with respect to the preparation of the pitch and consequently Middlesex have been deducted eight Championship points.

Middlesex will appeal against this decision.

For further information contact:

Andrew Walpole, ECB Media Relations Manager
Tel: 020 7432 1252 or mobile: 07785 527102
Fax: 020 7289 5619
Address: ECB, Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW8 8QZ
e-mail: andrew.walpole@ecb.co.uk