Derbyshire batsman Billy Godleman has been suspended for two matches for intentionally throwing the ball at Gloucestershire and Australian batsman Peter Handscomb. 
 
As per the reports in The Derby TelegraphGodleman threw the ball in an “inappropriate and dangerous manner” and that hit the young Australian batsman. It has also been learnt that there was also a confrontation and a row that the umpires had to ease off, which was later reported by the standing officials. 
 
This is the second time in an year that Godleman has recorded a level two breach of the ECB’s disciplinary regulations after being involved in a physical contact with a player from Leicestershire during a match last September. 
 
“The England and Wales Cricket Board’s Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) today confirmed that Billy Godleman has received an automatic suspension under the ECB’s directives,” an ECB statement said.

“During Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship match against Gloucestershire between April 26 and 29, Godleman was reported by umpires Rob Bailey and Martin Saggers for a level two breach of the directives: throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous manner.

“Godleman had previously received three penalty points following a level two breach in September 2014. The penalty for a subsequent breach at level two within 24 months is six penalty points. Godleman has therefore received a total of nine penalty points, triggering an automatic suspension.

“He will be suspended from all cricket under the jurisdiction of the ECB until and including Wednesday, May 13 – a period which covers Derbyshire’s next two first XI fixtures.

“These penalty points will remain on his record for a period of two years and the accumulation of nine, 18 or more penalty points in any two-year period will result in an automatic suspension.”

The 26-year old Godleman is quite an experienced county player and has represented three teams (Essex, Middlesex and Derbyshire) in his 10-year career so far.

On the other hand, The 24-year-old Peter Handscomb announced himself to Australia last summer when he guided the Melbourne Stars to an unlikely win with a brilliant unbeaten century at the MCG. 

 



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