CWG 2022: Sophie Ecclestone reprimanded for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Ecclestone knocked out the chair after getting out in the 18th over of the innings.

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England player Sophie Ecclestone has been handed an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the Commonwealth Games Women’s T20I bronze medal match against New Zealand in Birmingham on Sunday. 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.”

In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to Ecclestone’s disciplinary record, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period. The incident occurred following Ecclestone’s dismissal in the 18th over of England’s innings when on return to the pavilion, she knocked a chair over with her bat.

Ecclestone admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by GS Lakshmi of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees, so there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires Lauren Agenbag and Eloise Sheridan, third umpire Claire Polosak and fourth umpire Vrinda Rathi levelled the charge.

Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

England miss out on Bronze medal

As for the match, England suffered two losses in as many days and missed out on a Bronze medal. They lost to India in the semi-final clash and then lost to New Zealand in the bronze medal encounter. The team led by Nat Sciver couldn’t put up a decent score with the bat as they collapsed after opting to bat first. England could only post 110 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their 20 overs.

In response, Sophie Devine slammed a brilliant half-century and remained unbeaten on 51 off 40 deliveries. New Zealand chased down the target in the 12th over itself with eight wickets in hand and grab the Bronze Medal in CWG 2022.