Essex players Tom Westley, Billy Godleman and Grant Flower have been punished by the club for breaches of discipline.

All three players reacted excessively to being given out, with Westley and Godleman both damaging property at Coggeshall Cricket Club in a Second XI match and Flower, the former Zimbabwe batsman, smashing his stumps down after being dismissed in a Friends Provident t20 game against Sussex.

"The club takes these incidents extremely seriously and all the players have been severely reprimanded and fined," said David East, the Essex chief executive. "In addition they have been warned regarding their future conduct and reminded of their responsibilities as ambassadors for Essex Cricket wherever they are playing."