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Somerset docked 12 points for "poor" pitch against Essex in title decider at Taunton



Somerset and England spinner Jack Leach took five of the 21 wickets that fell in the 148 arcs bowled in the rain-hit match at Taunton

Somerset has been docked 12 points after being found guilty of preparing a "bad" pitch for last season's County Championship decision against Essex.

A hearing at Lord & # 39; s found that the wicket prepared for the game in September had "excessive bumps".

The total 24-point penalty, the other 12 will be suspended for two years. enters into force during the 2020 season.

Somerset has 14 days to appeal against the decision of the England and Wales Cricket Board Commission.

A statement on the club's website