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Pitch penalty for Kent

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A Canterbury pitch offering "excessive" uneven bounce cost Kent eight points of the 21 they earned for beating Essex in three days

An ECB pitch panel comprising John Jameson and Tony Pigott (pitch liaison officers) was convened to consider the pitch used for the LV= County Championship match at Canterbury commencing on August 31 between Kent and Essex.

After interviewing the umpires, the captain and coach of both teams and the Kent head groundsman, the pitch panel determined that the pitch had demonstrated excessive unevenness of bounce and should therefore be rated “poor”.

As a consequence and according to regulations, Kent are penalised eight points, which will be deducted from their aggregate of 2011 LV= County Championship points.

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