Middlebrook punished for dissent

James Middlebrook now has three penalty points on his record
James Middlebrook now has three penalty points on his record

James Middlebrook has been penalised under the ECB’s disciplinary code.

The Northamptonshire all-rounder was reported by umpires Richard Illingworth and Ismail Dawood for two Level 1 offences in the Yorkshire Bank 40 clash with Warwickshire.

Middlebrook was given out caught off a Chris Wright bouncer at the end of the home side’s innings and visibly demonstrated his irritation at the decision.

The penalty for the breaches of the code - showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action and using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or making an obscene gesture - are a reprimand for the first offence and three penalty points for the second.

The points will stay on Middlebrook’s record for a period of two years and if nine or more points are accumulated in a two-year period then an automatic suspension will be triggered.