Netherlands v Bermuda, Pretoria November 28, 2006

Bermuda pair reprimanded by match referee

Cricinfo staff

Bermuda's Dwayne Leverock and Clay Smith have been reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the Intercontinental Cup tie against Netherlands.

The pair were found guilty of "showing dissent at an umpire's decision" on the fourth and final day of the match which ended in a draw. This was the first such offence by either player.

The charge against Leverock followed his reaction after being given out lbw. He "expressed disagreement by words and gestures and then banged his bat in the dressing room". He pleaded guilty to the charge at the subsequent hearing.

Smith was charged with poor on-field behaviour. He also pleaded guilty to the charge at the subsequent hearing.

Mike Procter, the ICC match referee, said: "Respect for the game and for decisions made by the umpires are the bedrock on which our great sport is built. It is important that all players realise this and behave accordingly. This was pressed to both players during the hearing and I trust there will be no repeat of such incidents."

The penalty for a level one offences ranges between an official reprimand and/or a fine up to a equivalent of 50% of a player or official's match fee.

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