Perth Scorchers allrounder Mitch Marsh has avoided suspension for his foul-mouthed tirade at an umpire during Saturday night’s disappointing nine-wicket Qualifier Final loss to Sydney Sixers in Canberra.
Marsh was charged with a Level 2 offence under the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct for his angry reaction to a poor umpiring decision, when he was controversially given out caught behind.
The DRS debate popped up yet again after Marsh (2 off 5) was given his marching orders off veteran spinner Steve O’Keefe, despite a clear gap between bat and ball.
The Australian Twenty20 squad member was understandably furious and let the umpire know with a few choice words on his way back to the pavilion which cost him $5000.
He was charged by match referee Bob Stratford under Article 2.8 of the Code of Conduct for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during a match.
Marsh, who is free to play in Thursday’s Challenger Final at Optus Stadium after avoiding suspension, accepted the charge and penalty.
“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.”
Scorchers captain Ashton Turner went into bat for his long-time teammate post-match, saying he would be “absolutely staggered if he was suspended”.
“I’d be absolutely staggered if he was suspended,” Turner said.
“I’ve seen worse carry-ons in this tournament.
“We encourage all our players to be authentic. We all have emotions, it was pretty clear Mitch was disappointed and feels he didn’t hit the ball.
“It certainly is very frustrating as professional athletes but that’s part of the deal.
“We’ve got to cop it on the chin at times, irrespective of how big a game it is, how important the player is, how important a moment of the game it is.
“I’m sure Mitch will reflect on his actions tonight but we’re all human beings and Mitch is no exception.”
The Scorchers host the winner of today’s Knockout Final between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat on Thursday, with a spot in Saturday’s final against the Sixers at the SCG up for grabs.
More to come.