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Leicestershire knocked out of Vitality Blast before a ball is bowled in decisive game v Yorkshire

Leicestershire knocked out of Vitality Blast before throwing a ball in their decisive final group match against Yorkshire as they were awarded two points on conduct charges in a thrilling one-point win over Northamptonshire

  • Victory over Yorkshire would have lifted Leicestershire above their opponents
  • However, they were awarded two points by the Cricket Discipline Commission
  • Arron Lilley and Naveen ul-Haq were charged on the pitch on Friday for conduct
  • As a result, they can no longer secure a place in the top four in the northern part
  • Yorkshire will now likely move on to the final stages as they have never won before

Leicestershire were knocked out in the Vitality Blast on Sunday before a pitch was thrown in their decisive final group game against Yorkshire.

England’s domestic cricket’s most successful Twenty20 club started the day knowing that the win would put them above their fourth-placed opponents in the table and send them to this week’s quarter-finals.

However, they were awarded two points by the Cricket Discipline Commission after Arron Lilley and Naveen ul-Haq were charged on the pitch in Friday night’s suspense for conduct, a win over Northamptonshire and no longer be able to finish in the top four in the Northern share as a result.

Leicestershire knocked out of Vitality Blast after docking two points

Leicestershire knocked out of Vitality Blast after docking two points

Arron Lilley and Naveen ul-Haq (pictured) were charged on the pitch on Friday for conduct.

Arron Lilley and Naveen ul-Haq (pictured) were charged on the pitch on Friday for conduct.

Leicestershire, in fact, had a yearlong bond with good behavior after being handed six fixed penalties for indiscipline between August 2020 and July 2021.

They were warned by the CDC at a hearing last September: “If one or more fixed sentences are imposed on a Leicestershire player within 12 months of this hearing, the club will be written off at the discretion of the panel. 12 LV= County Championship points (or equivalent), 2 Royal London Cup points (or equivalent), or 2 Vitality Blast points (or equivalent).

The more serious the violation or violations, the greater the chance that points will be deducted.’

Yorkshire are now moving on to the final stages of a competition they have never won – apart from a combination of a huge defeat at Grace Road and a similar margin of victory for Nottinghamshire over Worcestershire.

Yorkshire will now likely move on to the latter stages of a match they have never won

Yorkshire will now likely move on to the latter stages of a match they have never won

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