The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Coleman’s tampering costs Warwicks mint

Charge: Scot escapes instant ban but county club is fined £5,000


Scotland cricketer Freddie Coleman has sidesteppe­d an instant ban after pleading guilty to ball-tampering – with a mint sweet.

The batsman, pictured, admitted interferin­g with the ball while playing for Warwickshi­re in the second XI championsh­ip match against Glamorgan at Cardiff earlier this month.

The ECB disciplina­ry body said they had taken a lenient stance because Coleman had committed the offence with the full knowledge of team captain Paul Best.

Former Grange player Coleman, 21, received a fortnight’s ban, suspended for t wo years.

Play was halted when senior umpire Martin Saggers spotted Coleman sucking a Murray Mint before using his saliva to put a shine on the ball.

Saggers quizzed captain Best – then summoned squad coach Tony Frost.

In spite of handing out only an admonishme­nt, an ECB spokesman said: “We wish to make clear any attempt to alter the natural condition of the ball using an artificial substance will be taken very seriously.

“The panel took into account that Mr Co leman pleaded guilty, t hat he is a young player and he was all owed to act in this

way with the knowledge of his captain.

“Should he commit any further breach of any ECB rules, regulation­s or directives during the two year period, then at the discretion of the Cricket Discipline Commission this penalty will take effect.”

Warwickshi­re were fined £5,000 and were stripped of all their points earned in the defeat, while Coleman also received three penalty points under the disci- Only one game was played on Saturday in the MacallanNo­rthofScotl­and League.

There was a real surprise result at Keith where titlechase­rs and holders Forres St Lawrence lost by seven wickets.

Pal Dhami scored 53 as plinary totting up system. This sanction will also remain on his record for two years.

Edinburgh-born Coleman pleaded guilty to knowingly and deliberate­ly changing the condition of the ball in contravent­ion of Law 42.3 (b).

The spokesman added: “In the panel’s view, the club did not provide sufficient discourage­ment regarding ball-tampering, all types of which are clearly Forres slumped to 98 all out. Australian bowler Colin Hackett took three for 11 and Keith stalwart Kenny McWilliam scored 54 not out to secure a third successive win.

Northern Counties, Nairn County and Elgin conceded to Buckie, RAF Lossiemout­h and Ross County respective­ly and the Fort William versus inappropri­ate and in contravent­ion of the lawsof the game.”

A Warwickshi­re insider said they will decide today whether or not to lodge an appeal on behalf of Coleman.

The source added: “Sucking this type of sweet is commonplac­e among fielders, so there is some concern in the club.

“They are certainly puzzled why it was Freddie who was picked on.” Highland match was cancelled due to rain.

Yesterday RAF Lossiemout­h and Ross County played a rearranged fixture with the airmen winning by eight wickets. County were dismissed for 78 with Chris Woodward taking five for six. Dave Wolton was 40 not out as RAF ran out comfortabl­e winners. Lunchtime showers put a premature end to four of the five games in Aberdeensh­ire Grade 1.

With the reverse fixtures already having been washed out in May, these games will now have to be reschedule­d for the earliest possible date at the venue of the May fixture if the originally-scheduled one for the August game is unavailabl­e.

However, the games involving Cults and Mannofield cannot now take place until August 31 as the two sides are scheduled to meet in the Aberdeensh­ire Cup on Sunday.

This means the Turriff Cup finals day may also have to be put back a day to September 1.

In the one game to be completed, home side Inverurie lost to Ellon by eight wickets – despite a knock of 84 from George Hadden.

Ellon’s Brain Veldsman hit an undefeated 76 as the visitors' bowling again lacked the penetratio­n to force the victory.

In Grade 2 prospectiv­e champions Knightride­rs had already been gifted a walkover by relegated Cults Artisans.

Crathierem­ainin danger of a second successive relegation following their defeat by Fraserburg­h.

Fraser Lawrence fell one short of a century for the Broch team, for whomPaul O'Neill contribute­d five wickets.

Queens Cross- Stoneywood-Dyce, who travel to Crathie for their final game, are still in peril of relegation, with time running out.

So are Gordonians, whose game against Banchory was abandoned after nine balls. Crescent beat Huntly, despite four wickets from the home side’s Jordan Squire.

In Grade 3, Turriff's win over Dunecht, coupled with 2nd Mannofield's defeat by 2nd Grammar, meansTurri­ff survive in the division, with 2nd Mannofield, 2nd Banchory and 2nd Ellon all remaining in the reconstitu­ted Grade 4.

Portcullis beat 2nd Ellon to claim third spot in the table.

 ??  ?? SPECTACULA­R BACKDROP: Ellon’s Asad Waqar bowls to Portcullis batsman Shanawar Bedaar in the match won by Portcullis at Duthie Park in Aberdeen.
SPECTACULA­R BACKDROP: Ellon’s Asad Waqar bowls to Portcullis batsman Shanawar Bedaar in the match won by Portcullis at Duthie Park in Aberdeen.
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