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Re: Are we going to appeal Arrowgate?
Posted by: adelaide
Date: 07/10/2017 18:27

The points deduction only appeared in (presumably ECB-approved) tables the day of (or perhaps the day before) the next round of matches. It is quite possible that the club, like supporters, assumed that the tables published before that were correct, reinforced in the case of the club by what they had been told by the umpires. Or maybe they knew earlier than that. Whatever, the club clearly engaged in discussions with the ECB - which surely is a form of appeal. They were advised (by the ECB? by lawyers?) that as the Playing Conditions had been applied to the letter there was no further appeal possible, at least to the ECB. The club then reluctantly accepted that. Maybe they should not have done that but the argument that Middlesex and rival counties needed certainty before playing their next matches had some force even at that stage.

Goodness knows what, if anything, might be being discussed between MCCC and ECB now. But I think it is a little unfair for people to suggest that the county hierarchy were sitting on their hands.

I was amused by JG on the White Rose thread, who seems to think that Middlesex lost their last two matches. Of course Lancashire were beaten and the previous three matches, all heavily weather-affected, were drawn. Hard to imagine a White Rose man being unaware of a Red Rose defeat...


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