Warwickshire docked eight points over "poor" pitch

Rikki Clarke
Warwickshire batsman Rikki Clarke is hit by a delivery from Gareth Andrew

Warwickshire have been docked eight County Championship points after their Edgbaston pitch used for the Worcestershire match was rated "poor".

An England & Wales Cricket Board panel comprising David Hughes and Tony Pigott ruled the pitch had demonstrated "excessive unevenness of bounce."

Worcestershire batsman Vikram Solanki was taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a delivery in the game.

The panel had already convened to look at the pitch before Solanki was struck.

Hughes had arrived at Edgbaston on Thursday to take a look at the strip and in Friday's shortened, rain-hit third day 12 wickets fell.

The deduction means Warwickshire now have 45 points, though the Bears could offset that by going on to win the match.

After declaring on 173-8, having not enforced the follow-on, Warwickshire had the visitors on 36-3 before rain stopped play.