The Cricket Discipline Commission today announced that it has cautioned Derbyshire in respect of the abandonment of the Specsavers County Championship match between Derbyshire and Kent at Chesterfield on 19 – 22 September 2017.
Following the match, during which no play was possible, a complaint was made by Kent CCC to the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC). The CDC Deputy Chairman, Mike Smith received and considered submissions from Derbyshire CCC, Kent CCC and ECB.
Under the Summary procedure in Regulations 5 and 6 of the CDC Regulations, Derbyshire have agreed to accept a formal caution for actions which were prejudicial to the interests of cricket, contrary to ECB Directive 3.3, in deciding to hold a concert in September, three days before the scheduled match, leading to the match being moved to Chesterfield.
It was noted by CDC Deputy Chairman that:
With the experience Derbyshire have gathered, they are advised to make use of it when scheduling events at their ground in future. Going forward, Derbyshire and other First Class Counties have been advised not to consider hosting matches at out-grounds before mid-May or in September.
First Class Counties are strongly advised to note that although no fine or points deduction has been applied in this case, such a sanction cannot be ruled out for any County in respect of any similar circumstances in future.
Derbyshire Chief Executive, Simon Storey commented: “We share the disappointment of Members, spectators and players that due to bad weather before the fixture, we weren’t able to get a game on at Chesterfield.
“We are grateful that we have had the opportunity to respond in full to all of the submissions made in regard to the abandonment and the scheduling of concerts.
“It is in the interest of Derbyshire and all First Class Counties hosting non-cricket events to learn from this experience moving forward and we have agreed to accept the advice and caution issued by the CDC.”
The CDC and Derbyshire will make no further comment on this matter.