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Sixers fined $25,000 for ‘administration error’

The Sydney Sixers have been fined $25,000 following an “administration error” during their WBBL match against the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday evening.

Despite not being in the club’s official 15-player squad, the Sixers listed pace bowler Hayley Silver-Holmes on their team sheet for the T20 match at North Sydney Oval.

Upon realising their mistake, the Sixers self-reported the error and sidelined Silver-Holmes, who did not bat or field during the encounter.

The Sixers appeared before Cricket Australia’s Senior Conduct Commissioner Alan Sullivan QC on Sunday, and were subsequently fined $25,000 of which $15,000 was suspended for 12 months.

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“In hearing the matter, Mr Sullivan acknowledged the seriousness of the breach, but also acknowledged the fact the Sixers had self-reported and moved swiftly to remove Silver-Holmes from the match after realising the error,” the WBBL said in a statement.

“The maximum penalty of $50,000 and/or further sanctions were not deemed appropriate given the nature of the breach and the fact Sixers lost the match and adversely impacted their Net Run Rate.”

Hayley Silver-Holmes of the Sixers.Source:Getty Images

Sydney Sixers General Manager Jodie Hawkins confirmed the club had accepted the sanction.

“We made a regrettable administrative error for which there are understandably stringent rules,” Hawkins said in a statement.

“We were given a fair opportunity to present our case in the hearing and accept the findings and sanction.

“As a club we will learn from this and put processes in place for the future.”

CA’s Head of Big Bash Leagues Alistair Dobson commended the Sixers for their swift action and co-operation in addressing the error.

“We echo Alan Sullivan QC’s praise for the Sixers’ self-reporting and actions undertaken to minimise the impact of the breach on last night’s match,” Dobson said in a statement.

Despite a classy half-century from wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, the Sixers lost Saturday evening’s match by six wickets.

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