Adamson appeal dismissed

By TONY WHITE

AN appeal by GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst player Chris Adamson against two misconduct charges was dismissed by the Clarence River Cricket Association (CRCA) executive at the Ellem Oval offices on Tuesday night.

However, the executive ? Ken Wilson, Jim Summers and Terry Bryan ? elected to vary Adamson's term of suspension.

And during the two-hour hearing a heated clash took place between Adamson and CRCA president Jeff Hackett.

Adamson, who was assisted on Tuesday by Greg Watkins, Scott Miller and Michael Mitchell, was initially banned for 14 playing days following a judiciary hearing into his conduct in the match between Tucabia and South Services at Ellem Oval on November 5 and 12, ruling him out of cricket until just before the semi-final series. The judiciary suspended Adamson eight playing days for abusive language and six playing days for umpire dissent, to be served cumulatively.

"After reviewing evidence and the two charges, the executive have decided the penalties should be served concurrently," Wilson said.

"However, a further penalty of four match days has been imposed because of the two offences and due to Chris Adamson's previous record before the judiciary."

Adamson will now be outed for 12 playing days. The executive also ruled Adamson's term of suspension start immediately following the Tucabia-South Services match which ended on December 12 and include Tucabia's bye on December 18.

Taking into account night games, Adamson is now scheduled to return on January 28 for the two-day match against Brothers Post Office Hotel at Ellem Oval.

The Adamson-Hackett clash came after Hackett, who umpired the Tucabia-South game, was giving evidence.

"Yes there was a heated exchange between Jeff and myself debating evidence," Adamson admitted.

The 30-year-old said he was happy the executive had reduced his term of suspension, but was still perturbed over what he termed 'inconsistencies'.

"After the first judiciary hearing I was very disappointed with the outcome. I felt the penalty was too harsh," he said.

"I felt I was being used as a scapegoat. They set a precedent.

"I got a much fairer hearing on Tuesday.

"But there are still a lot of inconsistencies. I can think of quite a few people who have done worse than me, but they don't seem to cop the same treatment."



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