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Wade to appeal pitch-tampering ban

UPDATED 19 November, 2013 4:07PM AEST | by Dave Middleton 19

Cricket Victoria will appeal the one-match ban handed to wicketkeeper and captain Matthew Wade for alleged pitch tampering during the Bupa Sheffield Shield game in Hobart last weekend.

The Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers lodged their appeal this afternoon shortly before the deadline and now wait for Cricket Australia to finalise details for the hearing which will be held in the next two days.

Wade’s appeal will be heard via teleconference before the Bushrangers’ next Shield match against Western Australia in Perth which begins Friday. Wade is currently suspended for the match, pending the outcome of the appeal, but is expected to travel to Perth for the match against the Alcohol. Think Again Warriors.

Wade was reported by umpires Ian Lock and Sam Nogajski for “conduct that was considered unfair play under Law 42 of the Laws of Cricket or against the spirit in which the game of cricket should be played”. 

While batting during Victoria’s first innings, umpires determined that Wade had tampered with the pitch. The umpires determined a “long valley” had been created within the protected area that was not the result of natural wear and tear. 

Wade denied the charge and asked to have the matter heard before a full disciplinary hearing led by Match Referee Daryl Harper, who upheld the guilty verdict. Wade was penalised 50% of his match fee and two suspension points which would see him suspended for the next round of Shield cricket.

Victoria won the match against Tasmania at Blundstone Arena by 129 runs. Wade scored 119 from 207 balls in the first innings, hitting 14 fours and one six.

A Cricket Victoria spokesman said it “will await further advice from Cricket Australia in respect to the appeal process and at this point has no further comment”. 

Wade’s appeal will be heard via teleconference before the Bushrangers next Shield match against Western Australia in Perth. Wade is expected to travel to Perth for the match against the Alcohol. Think Again Warriors.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia.

First Posted 19 November, 2013 1:38PM AEST

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