Dawson incident sees club walk the disciplinary tightrope

Liam Dawson Picture: Neil Marshall
Liam Dawson Picture: Neil Marshall
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HAMPSHIRE believe they have dodged the disciplinary bullet after their latest incident.

The club were hit with a fine and a suspended points deduction earlier this week, although they have since decided to appeal the decision.

It could be the case that we will have to speak to the lads again and maybe put in some more serious protocol

Jimmy Adams

Depending on the outcome of the appeal, it could see the points deduction enforced if they step out of line once more.

But Liam Dawson sailed close to the wind once again in the Championship defeat to Somerset when he stood his ground in disbelief for several seconds after being adjudged lbw by the umpire in the second innings.

Skipper Jimmy Adams said: ‘We think it’s okay but the lads were watching on the balcony desperately willing him to get off as quickly as possible.

‘We’ve reiterated it again to the players.

‘It’s hard because you can excuse a little bit of the red mist at times but we all know what the boundaries are we can’t afford to push it.

‘It could be the case that we will have to speak to the lads again and maybe put in some more serious protocol.

‘By the time you get off the field you can go into the loos or something to make merry hell.

‘But we can’t afford to do it on the pitch.’

Former all-rounder Matt Coles and Adam Wheater were both punished last season, while Michael Carberry and Owais Shah have fallen foul of the umpires earlier this term.

But Hampshire will need to keep their cool at Essex’s home ground, which is among the most partisan on the circuit.

Adams added: ‘A match at the Chelmsford cauldron will kick-start our energies again.

‘It can be quite intimidating there but a big vocal crowd, such as you get there, sets the pulses racing.

‘We have pulled off some fine wins at Chelmsford in the past, but having lost heavily to Sussex in our last game in this competition we are looking for an instant reaction.

‘We have been playing better away than at home overall but in this division everyone is capable of beating you and there are a lot of teams who will be thinking they can finish in the top four.’