Derbyshire County Cricket Club has been penalised with a two point deduction for the 2014 50-over competition due to a ‘poor’ pitch rating during the recent Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture with Durham Dynamos.
After consideration, an ECB Pitch Panel upheld the Umpires’ decision that the pitch, for the fixture held at the County Ground on August 15th had demonstrated excessive turn and should therefore be rated as ‘poor’.
There were no circumstances relating to the preparation of the pitch that negated any penalty being imposed and Karl Krikken’s men will start the 2014 competition on -2 points.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “Whilst we have to accept the verdict, the Pitch Panel’s review confirmed that there was nothing to indicate in advance that the pitch would behave as it did.
“There is no suggestion of an intention to produce a favourable playing surface for the home side. Indeed there was no way our Groundstaff could have predicted the resulting outcome.
“The fixture in question was played on the same pitch used for the Twenty20 game against Leicestershire at the end of July and it was prepared in the exactly the same way.
“Over the last 21 years, Head Groundsman Neil Godrich and his team have overseen the production of hundreds of high standard pitches more than suitable for county cricket at both Derby and our festival grounds.
“In line with current ECB regulations, in this instance the Pitch Panel had no choice but to uphold the Umpires initial rating and the Club with an automatic penalty for the 2014 season.
“I can ensure you that this will only reinforce our desire and ambition to compete in next season’s competitions.”