Napoleons-Sebastopol import Ryan Gibson has accepted a one-match ban from the Ballarat Cricket Association.
Gibson received two cautions for comments he made during the clash with Wendouree in round 7.
He will now miss Naps-Sebas’ hit-out with East Ballarat when cricket returns on January 13.
While the season has not gone the way Napoleons-Sebastopol had planned, winning just one match so far to sit in seventh position, Gibson has proven to be a worthy inclusion.
The Englishman showed he was a cut above the second grade with 80 runs and 5-18 in his BCA debut.
Gibson has averaged 20 with the bat, with a top score of 50, while taking seven wickets – including team-best figures of 4-90 against the Red Caps.
Napoleons-Sebastopol sits two matches outside the top four, while it is mathematically possible to revive its season, it looks extremely unlikely.
Not only has Naps-Sebas struggled to regather its 2016-17 form, where it pushed eventual premier Wendouree to two wickets in the semi-final, it also has two byes in the remaining five rounds.
Making its bid all the more difficult.