Middlesex relegated after losing appeal against points deduction

Middlesex will face relegation to County Championship Division Two
Middlesex will face relegation to County Championship Division Two

The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that Middlesex will face relegation from the County Championship Division One after they lost their appeal on points deduction.

The Lord's outfit which won the Division One Championship in 2016 were docked two points for maintaining a slow over-rate during their encounter against Surrey in August which was abandoned when a crossbow bolt was fired into The Oval.

As a result, Middlesex finished at 146 points at the end of the previous season - one point below sixth-placed Somerset.

The Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) stated that even though the game had an exceptional ending, the penalty on the Middlesex will remain for their over-rate offence in the first innings.

"Middlesex have sought to argue that it was only because of the abandonment of the game that they did not make up their overs but that cannot be entirely correct,” CDC chairman Tim O‘Gorman said in a statement.

"There was no guarantee that, if the game had run its normal course those overs could ever have been made up.

"I do not accept that Middlesex only agreed to the abandonment of the match on condition that their slow over rate in the first innings would be overlooked."

According to reports, Somerset were preparing for a legal action if the result of the appeal went in favour of Middlesex.

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