Southern Vipers star suspended

Southern Vipers all-rounder Maia Bouchier has been suspended from bowling in ECB competitions following an independent assessment of her bowling action conducted at Loughborough University.

Maia Bouchier / Picture: Getty
Maia Bouchier / Picture: Getty

The suspension follows the process set out in the ECB’s Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with a Suspected Illegal Bowling Action.

Bouchier’s bowling action was reported by the umpires standing in Southern Vipers’ Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy match against Western Storm at Bristol on August 31.

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The subsequent assessment found that the elbow extension in Bouchier’s bowling action exceeded the 15 degree threshold as defined in the Illegal Bowling Regulations.

The 21-year-old has been advised to undergo remedial work on her bowing action before requesting a re-assessment. Bouchier will remain ineligible to bowl in ECB competitions until she is able to pass an independent re-assessment of her bowling action.

The Vipers contain a number of Sussex players and play some of their games in the county.