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Charlie Shreck, Niall O'Brien and Ed Barnard handed penalties by ECB

Charlie Shreck, Niall O'Brien and Ed Barnard handed penalties by ECB
Niall O'Brien was penalised after showing dissent against an umpire’s decision
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The Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has penalised Charlie Shreck, Niall O’Brien and Ed Barnard for breaching the Discipline Code.

During the County Championship fixture against Kent, Shreck was reported by on-field umpires Alex Wharf and Paul Pollard for “showing dissent at an umpire's decision by word or action” which is a Level 1 breach.

Earlier in 2014, Shreck was penalised in July for bowling a waist-high full toss followed by his removal from the bowling attack and also for showing serious dissent against an umpires’ decision in September 2014.

After these two breaches, Shreck had six penalty points and this Level 1 breach within 24 months of the previous breaches gives him three more points.

Upon reaching nine penalty points, the player is automatically suspended, but the Chairman of the CDC did not impose it as one of the earlier breaches was due to an accidental high full toss.

In the same game against Kent, Leicestershire’s Niall O’Brien was found to have shown dissent against the umpire’s decision and was given a penalty.

Worcestershire’s Barnard was reported by the umpires Rob Bailey and Neil Mallender for “using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting”.

Barnard committed the offence during the game against Birmingham Bears in the NatWest Twenty20 Blast on 27th May and was handed an official reprimand which is the penalty for his Level 1 breach.

In a media release, the CDC clarified that the penalties will continue to remain on the records of the three players for a period of two years.

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