In a unique incident, Lancashire were awarded five penalty runs after Leicestershire bowler Dieter Klein hit the batsman with a throw in a County Championship match in England on Sunday.
The runs were awarded by the on-field umpires following Law 42, which was brought in during 2017 to deal with poor player conduct. The specific clause broken was 42.3.1, which concerns “throwing the ball at a player… in an inappropriate or dangerous manner”. This is deemed a Level 2 offence, resulting in a five-run penalty.
A five-run penalty is handed to Leicestershire for this incident with Dieter Klein
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The first round of matches in the County Championship kicked off on Saturday. Lancashire, after winning the toss and opting to bat, ended Day 1 on 265/6, but drama unfolded on the morning of Day 2.
Lancashire’s Danny Lamb drove a full ball straight back at bowler Dieter Klein, who picked the ball and threw it back at the batsman. Upon impact, Lamb dropped his bat and hopped towards square leg.
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The fielding team and the umpires were seen walking towards Lamb to check on him. The umpires convened after this and decided to slap the bowling team, Leicestershire, with a five-run penalty, due to Klein’s action.
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