Kirby in alleged ball-tampering

Gloucestershire seamer, Steve Kirby has been accused of ball-tampering in his team’s match against Glamorgan on the weekend. It is alleged that Kirby scraped the match ball on the concrete surface of a car-park, as Gloucestershire went on to win the game by 7 wickets.

The accusation comes with relevance to the third day of the fixture, as Kirby retrieved the ball from the car-park, following a David Hemp six. The umpires at the time were unable to conclusively determine as to whether the scuffing of the ball was due the initial bounce on the concrete.

Glamorgan coach, John Derrick took to the pitch soon after the resumption of play, stating his complaint. Chris Taylor, Gloucestershire captain, is settled in the defence of his player, whilst his opposite number of Glamorgan, Robert Croft expectedly supports his coach’s view of the matter.

It is the second like accusation in less than a week, as Surrey was penalized for tampering with the seam in its game against Nottinghamshire.

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