Sussex hit by 12-point deduction in Championship for 4 mounted penalties

Cheteshwar Pujara in action in the field for Sussex

India batter Cheteshwar Pujara will miss Sussex’s County Championship match against Derbyshire

Sussex’s hopes of promotion from Division Two of the County Championship have been dealt a major blow with the club handed a 12-point deduction.

The county were automatically docked points by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after receiving four fixed penalties in one season.

Captain Cheteshwar Pujara has also been suspended for one match.

Sussex are now 30 points behind second-placed Worcestershire with two games of the campaign remaining.

The side finishing second will go up to Division One for next season with already promoted Durham.

Sussex and Pujara will not appeal against the decisions and the India batter will miss their next Championship fixture, which is away to Derbyshire and begins on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old was sanctioned for captaining Sussex in the matches in which all four fixed penalties were received, with the final two offences occurring during the 15-run win over…