Vikings skipper Lees offers apology after umpire outburst

Yorkshire Vikings skipper Alex Lees
Yorkshire Vikings skipper Alex Lees

Yorkshire Vikings One Day Captain Alex Lees has issued an apology to umpire Martin Saggers following comments made to the media after Friday night’s defeat at Trent Bridge.

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club have subsequently handed Lees a two-match suspension, suspended for 12 months.

The suspension is liable to be activated by, and under the terms of, the ECB Cricket Discipline Commission should Lees breach any ECB Directive within the 12-month period.

Lees, who has accepted the club’s decision, said: “I regret comments made following Friday night’s game and I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to Martin.

“These comments are uncharacteristic and were made in the heat of the moment.

“I understand the seriousness of the offence and regret these actions. I am now keen to put this incident behind me and concentrate on the important games coming up at Headingley this week.”

Chairman of the Cricket Discipline Commission, Gerard Elias QC, said: “I am grateful to Yorkshire County Cricket Club for taking such prompt and decisive action in this matter.

"It is an excellent example of a County recognising the standard of conduct that is required by its players and taking measures which clearly demonstrate that anything below that standard will not be accepted.”