Blackpool Cricket Club will be without professional Christi Viljoen for this weekend’s Northern Premier League double-header after the Namibian all-rounder was banned over a row with an umpire.
The incident occurred during last Sunday’s Readers Cup victory over Netherfield.
Blackpool captain Paul Danson told The Gazette: “Christi had a run-in with umpire Barry Evans and has received a level four ban, which rules him out of this weekend’s games.”
The Gazette understands a disciplinary hearing will be held next week, though a date had not been finalised last night.
Champions Blackpool wasted no time in securing a substitute pro for this afternoon’s home clash with Morecambe.
Rishton CC’s 25-year-old South African all-rounder Kelly Smuts, who ironically played for Morecambe last season, will face his former club at Stanley Park today.
Danson added: “We weren’t sure at first that we’d be allowed a sub pro, so when we got permission we had to act fast.”
Pool were still striving last night to recruit a sub pro for tomorrow’s rematch with Netherfield in Cumbria.
Viljoen was the league’s top wicket-taker last season and so far has 30 victims for 2015.