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Chairman of Cricket statement on Matt Coles

Saturday 7th May 2016

Chairman of cricket Graham Johnson has made this statement following the two-match suspension incurred by Matt Coles following an incident in the Specsavers County Championship match against Glamorgan this week:

“In the light of the steps taken by ECB Cricket Discipline Commission I feel it only right to defend the position of Matt Coles.

"Since his return to Kent, at the start of last season, Matt has demonstrated that he has learnt from things in the past. He has applied himself to his role on the field and represented Kent Cricket, to good effect, in off field activities.

"Players carry points over a 24 month period and the two previously reported incidents are from August 2014 whilst Matt was at Hampshire.

"In the light of the points applied for his actions during the Glamorgan game, Matt had points added to those accrued before his return to Kent, hence the consideration by the Panel and the sentence handed down.

"Kent made representations to the Cricket Discipline Commission regarding the breach. However, the CDC Chairman’s nominee, Mr Chris Tickle, did not consider that the consequences of this penalty might produce a result that was manifestly unfair. Under the process relating to cricket discipline there is no opportunity to appeal the outcome or the CDC’s decision.

"The outcome in this set of circumstances I believe is disproportionate, it does not reflect the seriousness of the recent incident and does nothing to help a cricketer who has made such big strides since returning to Kent. The resultant outcome is therefore deeply frustrating.

"Matt will have our continuing support and I know he cannot wait to be back on the field representing the Club."