Marsh fined for outburst
Perth Scorchers all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been fined $5000 for dissent in his side's qualifier final loss to the Sydney Sixers, but is free to play in his side's preliminary final on Thursday night after escaping suspension.
Marsh showed his displeasure at umpire Sam Nogajski after being given out caught down the leg side from the bowling of Steve O'Keefe in the Scorchers nine wicket loss in Canberra on Saturday night, raising his arms and shouting angrily upon being given out.
Following a hearing that was held after the match, Marsh was found guilty of a Level 2 breach of Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct, which can lead to a suspension and/or a maximum penalty of $10,000.
But given the allrounder has had no Code of Conduct breaches in the past two years, he was instead fined $5,000.
It is the first Level 2 breach of the code this season, but it is rare for players with a ‘clean’ record to be suspended for a first offence.
“I accept the fine handed down to me, my reaction to the umpire’s decision was unacceptable and not the example I want to be setting for any young cricketer,” Marsh said.
“I have complete respect for the umpires and the job they do. I’ll learn from this and look forward to Thursday night’s match.”
On Thursday, the Scorchers will play the winner of Sunday night’s match between the Sydney Thunder and the Brisbane Heat for the right to play the Sixers in the Final.
IMAGE: Cricket Australia.