Northants Cricket Club will not be applying further punishment to wicketkeeper after drink-driving conviction

Northants Steelbacks v Worcestershire Rapids T20 Blast at County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton. EMN-150307-113321002
Northants Steelbacks v Worcestershire Rapids T20 Blast at County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton. EMN-150307-113321002

Northamptonshire County Cricket club will not be applying a punishment against wicketkeeper Ben Duckett, who has been convicted of drink driving, a club spokesman said.

Ben Duckett, aged 20, has been banned from driving for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to driving while over the alcohol limit.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard Duckett’s Seat Ibiza crashed into a ditch in the early hours of June 27 and he gave officers a breathalyser reading of 43 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

A Northants Cricket spokesman said the club was “obviously very disappointed in Ben” but would not be applying any further punishment to him.

The spokesman said: “Ben has made a huge mistake and he will now have to deal with the consequences of that. In our view, this is a judicial matter and we completely respect the decision and authority of the court and therefore, we will not be applying further punishment ourselves.

“We expect the highest level of behaviour from our players and impress on them regularly the social responsibility that they carry. Ben is no exception and is extremely remorseful. Through the PCA, he will be starting a programme of education and we will be supporting him through this.”

In a statement released by the club, Duckett said: “I made a stupid decision that night and I deeply regret my actions and wish to apologise to my family and to the club for letting not just myself but them down too.

“I am extremely grateful that my actions didn’t lead to anyone getting hurt. I accept the court’s judgement and now want to move on having very much learned a serious lesson”