The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have upheld the decision made last week to dock Warwickshire eight points for an unfit pitch in their County Championship match with Worcestershire.
Warwickshire, who make 9/2 third favourites to win the title, had appealed the penalty on the basis of 'failure to follow due process' by the ECB and that 'no consideration had been given for extenuating circumstances'.
A panel of Ricky Needham, Cliff Pocock and David Acfield heard the appeal before deciding that the original decision would be upheld and that Warwickshire would be ordered to pay £3000 costs.
The match at Edgbaston ended up with Warwickshire taking a 218-run victory in a match which saw Worcestershire have two players - Vikram Solanki and Ben Scott - retire in their second innings and Alan Richardson absent due to an earlier injury.
Warwickshire currently lie second in the table even with the points deduction, trailing leaders Lancashire by five points.
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