County Championship: Middlesex unsuccessful with ‘crossbow’ points deduction appeal

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Middlesex’s match at The Oval was abandoned on 31 August when a crossbow bolt was fired into the ground

Middlesex have failed in their appeal against a two-point deduction in the County Championship, confirming their relegation from Division One.

The punishment came for their slow over rate during August’s match at Surrey, which was abandoned when a crossbow bolt was fired into The Oval.

Middlesex finished one point below Somerset, who were ready to take legal action if the appeal was successful.

Middlesex, county champions in 2016, will play in Division Two next season.

The Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) ruled that the matter did not need referring to a disciplinary panel hearing as “rules relating to over rates are clear and understood by all teams, coaches, players, and captains.”

Middlesex accept decision

Confirming that the county would not be taking the matter any further, chief executive Richard Goatley told Middlesex’s website: