Published: 06:00, 02 October 2020
Kent captain Sam Billings has been reprimanded for showing dissent during their T20 Blast quarter-final defeat at Surrey on Thursday.
Billings was given a Level One warning, although he has escaped picking up any penalty points as they only apply for Level Two and above offences.
He was spoken to by umpires Martin Saggers and Nick Cook after throwing the ball down in disgust when Surrey opener Jason Roy survived a run out appeal.
Ironically, Roy was caught next ball but Billings’ frustration at not getting the decision prompted the umpires to step in.
“I accept it, we are all human,” added Billings.
“They had two international batsmen going at 10 runs per over, we’re in a quarter-final and it’s a decision you feel has gone the other way.”
Kent lost the quarter-final by 56 runs , never recovering after Surrey removed openers Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond inside the first two overs of the Spitfires’ reply.
Billings said: “Credit to Surrey, they outplayed us and there’s not much more I can say.
“Interestingly, they said they would have bowled first if they had won the toss. We lost here in the final group match 11 days ago after batting first, so we thought we would chase this time.
“Unfortunately, they got a partnership going up top and, when we batted, we lost early wickets and it was always going to be difficult after that.
“We weren’t quite at it with the ball, and overall we needed to play a lot better than we did to beat a team that has now won eight T20s on the trot.”