Middlesex lose appeal against points deduction as relegation stands

• Middlesex appealed against over rate penalty in match with crossbow incident
• ‘Rules relating to over rates are clear,’ says cricket discipline commission chair

Middlesex have lost their appeal against the two-point penalty imposed on them by the ECB following their abandoned game against Surrey. It means their relegation stands and the 2016 County Champions will start the 2018 season in Division Two.

Middlesex were relegated by a point after losing their final match of the season against Somerset. However they claimed there were grounds for an appeal against their penalty after the match against Surrey was stopped when a crossbow bolt was fired into the Oval.

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