Star's Arkinstall banned one-week for dissent

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 06/02/2014
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BANNED: Star player Paul Arkinstall receives a one-week ban for dissent.

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Star cricketer Paul Arkinstall has admitted he was in the wrong after he received a one-week ban for dissent after visibly showing his frustration at an umpire's decision in a senior one-day match on Saturday.

Arkinstall was frustrated after being given out leg before wicket by an official South Canterbury umpire in a match against Celtic at Mountainview High School.

He held his bat in the air as he walked off as if to show he had hit the ball and yelled "umpire?" as he left.

He then continued to vent verbally throughout the remainder of the game including while in the field.

South Canterbury Cricket's code of conduct commissioner Craig O'Connor handed down his ruling yesterday morning after a hearing on Tuesday night.

The outcome means the allrounder will miss the first day of Star's two-day fixture against Celtic on Saturday but will be eligible to play on day two of the match next Saturday.

Arkinstall was present for the proceedings and was supported by Star Cricket Club president Julian Blanchard.

Arkinstall said in a written statement he accepted the decision.

"I was wrong to show dissent after being given out, the umpires give up their time on a Saturday and I have to take the good with the bad."

Arkinstall was banned for two weeks in 2006 when he was found guilty of shoulder-charging a Waimate player.

South Canterbury Cricket acting chief executive Mark Medlicott said Arkinstall's record was taken into consideration and so was the nine-year length between the incidents.

Blanchard said his club would support Arkinstall.

"Paul is a very competitive player and at times he needs to reign this in. He is a valuable member of the club and the committee and this incident was unfortunate but I am sure Paul has learnt from this."

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