Team Leicestershire were handed with a five-run penalty in a Domestic Match against Lancashire after Leicestershire’s bowler Dieter Klein struck the batsman with a ‘dangerous throw’.
The shocking incident took place during the Bob Willis Trophy match vs. Lancashire. The ugly incident took place in the 10th over of the Lancashire’s innings with Danny Lamb & George Balderson holding the fort for their team. Klein hit Danny Lamb on the foot when he targeted the ball at the stumps after the Lancashire batsman had defended his delivery back down the pitch.
Umpires Nick Cook & Rob judged that the fast bowler Dieter Klein has committed a Level 2 offence under Law 42, Player’s Conduct which concerns “throwing the ball at a player… in an inappropriate or dangerous manner”. Lamb is in a lot of pain & immediately dropped his bat & hobbled towards square leg. The incident created a buzz on social media many slamming Klein, saying he deserved “a far greater punishment”.
“Dieter Klein should be ashamed of his actions. Completely out of line and deserves a far greater punishment,” tweeted John Andrews. “Deserves more than a 5 run penalty IMO. This is shocking,” wrote Tonksic.
“Utterly disgraceful. Reacting out of pure anger, not situational or tactical play. He could have seriously injured (or in the worst-case scenario, as we know, killed Lamb) everyone knows the risk of the cricket ball, but the risk here was completely unnecessary and thoughtless,” wrote another user on Twitter.
Lancashire was bowled out for 332 runs with Klein returning with figures of 3/81. Leicestershire took control of the match with Ben Slater slamming an unbeaten 104 as his team ended Day 2 on 183 for two, trailing Lancashire by 139 runs.