Kent docked eight points
County punished for "poor" Canterbury pitch
Last Updated: 02/09/11 8:07pm
Kent have been docked eight points in LV County Championship Division Two after the pitch for their game against Essex at Canterbury was rated "poor".
Kent completed victory on the third morning, having been left to chase just 70 after the visitors were bowled out for 144 and 185.
Uneven bounce as early as day one aided David Masters' haul of 6-78 in Kent's first innings, and Essex's Maurice Chambers and Kent opener Joe Denly then fell to vicious shooters in their sides' respective second innings.
Essex's Jaik Mickleburgh, meanwhile, required X-rays after shouldering arms and being bowled via his hand on Wednesday.
A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read: "An ECB pitch panel comprising John Jameson and Tony Pigott (pitch liaison officers) was convened to consider the pitch used.
"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."
Kent confirmed that they will not appeal against the decision.