Firth receives censure

By STEVE SPINKS

The Northern Star

WESTLAWN and CRCA representative all rounder Andrew Firth will be censured for his part in an on-field altercation during the SCG Cup match at Lismore two weeks ago.

Firth's antagonist, batsman Brad Lofts, was handed a six-match suspended sentence for the remainder of the season from the North Coast Cricket executive committee on Thursday night.

The executive committee sent a letter of censure Firth for his part in the confrontation, in which the players 'chested' each other after Lofts took exception to some sledging by Firth and his Grafton team-mates.

North Coast administrator Geoff Gaggin said he was satisfied with the outcome and that Lofts' exemplary record and the fact he admitted fault helped him during investigation.

The fact that Grafton players went some way to provoking the confrontation by sledging was also taken into account.

In fact, Gaggin hoped that the message to come out of the situation was that sledging should not be happening at all throughout the whole Zone.

In the next few days, Gaggin will be sending out information to all clubs regarding the appropriate action that should be taken to eliminate the unsavoury act from North Coast cricket.



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