England player Sophie Ecclestone received an official reprimand for violating Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. This happened during the Commonwealth Games Women’s T20I bronze-medal match versus New Zealand on Sunday in Birmingham. Ecclestone was found to have breached Article 2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an International Match.”
Ecclestone’s disciplinary record has also been updated with one demerit point; this was her first infraction in 24 months. The incident happened when she returned to the pavilion and accidentally knocked a chair down with her bat. This was after she was dismissed in the 18th over of England’s innings.
There was no need for a formal hearing because Ecclestone recognised the wrongdoing. And agreed to the punishment suggested by GS Lakshmi of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees. The accusation was made by the on-field umpires Lauren Agenbag and Eloise Sheridan, third umpire Claire Polosak, and fourth umpire Vrinda Rathi.
Level 1 violations are subject to one or two demerit points, and an official reprimand. As well as a maximum fine of 50% of the player’s match fee.
Regarding the competition, England lost twice in as many days and was denied a bronze medal. They suffered defeats against India in the semifinal matchup and New Zealand for the bronze medal. The Nat Sciver-led squad lost after choosing to bat first because they were unable to put up a respectable total with the bat. In their 20 overs, England was only able to score 110 runs while losing nine wickets.
In retaliation, Sophie Devine hit an outstanding half-century and finished the innings unbeaten on 51 off 40 deliveries. With eight wickets in hand, New Zealand successfully chased down the mark in the 12th over, winning the Bronze Medal at CWG 2022.
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