Northerners opening batsman Matt Chilcott has been suspended following a Cricket Shepparton tribunal hearing on Friday night.
Chilcott was rubbed out for two matches and will have a further two-week suspension hanging over his head for 12 months after being found guilty of obscene, offensive, insulting and aggressive language in the Jets’ clash against Central Park-St Brendan’s in the last round before Christmas.
Chilcott was reported after the first day of play (December 9) and will miss this week’s opening fixture of the A-grade Twenty20 competition and the remainder of the Jets’ two-day contest against Katandra, of which the first day was called off due to extreme heat.
Cricket Shepparton director of senior cricket Michael Van Dorsser said the suspension should provide another warning to players across the grades to tone down their behaviour.
‘‘The tribunal took a dim view on the language that was used, and it serves as a bit of a warning for players to pull their heads in,’’ he said.
‘‘If they don’t they will be missing out on playing games of cricket.
‘‘The players need to be aware that umpires are jumping on it (bad behaviour) if it comes up.’’
The Jets travel to Vibert Reserve on Thursday to take on Karramomus in the first Twenty20 match of the season from 5.30pm.