Leicestershire County Cricket Club deducted sixteen points

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By Luke Smith

Leicestershire County Cricket Club have been handed a sixteen point deduction for repeated offences.

Fast bowler Charlie Shreck was found guilty of “using obscene or offensive language and/making an obscene gesture” during a pre-season match against Loughborough in March.  Shreck has been given a two match ban by the club.

This is the latest in a string of offences that have added up to five punishable offences in the last twelve months.

Mark Cosgrove, the captain for each of the past five offences, has been handed an automatic one match ban for the Championship. The club has also been fined £5,000 and given a suspended punishment of an eight point deduction for the next twelve months.

The Leicestershire Campaign is due to start on Friday at home to Nottinghamshire, but it is thought Cosgrove will not serve his suspension until the Championship match against Glamorgan, starting on 21st April.

Leicestershire finished their season seventh in division two in 2016, but will this season begin with minus sixteen points. The only other team in the division to begin on a sub-zero points tally are Durham, who were deducted forty-eight points for the club’s financial problems.

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