Much Ado about ?
By TONY WHITE
CHRIS Adamson was scheduled to return to Premier League cricket today after serving a lengthy suspension for dissent towards an umpire's decision and using foul and abusive language.
However, the disgruntled 30-year-old has turned his back on the game.
"I won't be back," Adamson vowed yesterday. "I decided not to play after all the commotion.
"And what finally made up my mind was the four South players that got off on a technicality. I didn't get off on technicalities in my case and there were plenty raised.
"There are just too many inconsistencies in the system. It's no wonder people don't want to play cricket."
The GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst all rounder is disenchanted with the game and officialdom.
Adamson admits he is no clean skin ? he's been guilty of misdemeanours ? but he's sick of what he claims are rules for some players and not for others.
"Everyone is not treated equally. To be honest at this stage as far as cricket goes, it can go jump," he said with conviction.
"I'm pissed off with cricket in general and the judiciary panel.
"I'm losing interest in sport in general. I've got more family and work commitments and while I'm not a big pre-season trainer, I'm not even interested in league or union at the moment.
"My head's just not where it usually is."
The talented athlete also plays first grade with the Grafton Ghosts (league) and made his first grade debut with beaten grand finalists, Grafton Redmen (union) last season.
Adamson was suspended for 14 playing days after being found guilty on two counts of misconduct arising from the match against South Services on November 5 and 12.
The term was reduced 12 playing days on appeal.
Asked if he would ever return to cricket Adamson paused momentarily and said: "I won't play this season and what happens after that will depend on how I feel eight or so months down the track."
Adamson feels he's been made a scapegoat in the CRCA endeavours this season, under new chairman Jeff Hackett, to clean up the game.
For the first time in over two months Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League and Lower Clarence matches appear likely to take place after an incredible spate of wet weather.
South Services are scheduled to take on Brothers Post Office Hotel today, on day one of the two day match at Ellem Oval and Tucabia face Harwood Hilton at McKittrick Oval.
The third grade fixture between East Tavern and Tucabia has been transferred from Rushforth Park No.1 to Coutts Crossing.
In Lower matches Lawrence, minus wicket keeper Jack Quelch, play United at Barry Watts Oval. United caned Lawrence when they last met on December 10.
No team has scored 100 against Lawrence this season but the powerful United batting line up will press to break the 'ton' with inform batsman Nick Clarke, Dean Moran and Luke Many.
Wanderers and Harwood meet in the other match at Yamba Oval.
Katich v Jaques
ADELAIDE. ? Simon Katich has resigned himself to a head-to-head battle with prolific NSW teammate Phil Jaques for a spot at the top of the Australian batting order.
His opening partner Adam Gilchrist, meanwhile, will remain acting captain for one more match after the selectors confirmed Ricky Ponting would sit out Australia's meeting with Sri Lanka in Perth tomorrow.
Paceman Nathan Bracken will also miss out after yesterday returning to Sydney for personal reasons.
Bracken's absence is likely to give Stuart Clark a chance to play at the WACA, although beanpole Brett Dorey may be a contender on his home pitch.