Out for 14 weeks
By Tony White
GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst player Chris Adamson has been suspended for 14 playing days after being found guilty of two misconduct charges by the Clarence River Cricket Association (CRCA) judiciary committee on Thursday evening.
The lengthy sentence, one of the longest in CRCA history, virtually rules Adamson out until just before the Premier League finals series in March.
Adamson said yesterday he was considering an appeal.
"I'm weighing up the options but I'll more than likely appeal," he said. "Obviously I'm disappointed with the decision, especially the severity."
The all rounder admitted he is also considering his future in the game.
Adamson was contrite for his actions and revealed he had personally phoned and apologised to the umpires.
"I apologised to both gentlemen, rang them personally and apologised for my behaviour," Adamson said. "The committee's decision is very disheartening.
"At a stage on the night I was quiet prepared to give the game away. I don't want to go through that anymore.
"I still may do that. I'm considering my future."
Adamson was cited following an umpires report arising from the Tucabia-South Services match at Ellem Oval on November 5 and 12.
On Thursday evening Adamson was found guilty of showing dissent towards an umpires' decision and using crude and abusive language.
The judiciary committee comprised chairperson Robert Ulrick, Bruce Leonard and Brian Hall.
During the 90-minute hearing evidence was taken from Adamson, officiating umpires for the game, Jeff Hackett and Allan McFadyen, Tucabia club president Eric Knox, first grade captain Damien Rouse and former Tucabia first grader, Scott Miller.
It was the fourth occasion Adamson had faced the judiciary after previous appearances in 2001, 2003 and 2004.
Before Thursday night's CRCA hearing Adamson had been disciplined by his own club, suspended for two games (one month) as a result of his behaviour against South. This was not brought to the judiciary's attention.
Ulrick said Adamson's term of suspension was based on NSW Cricket guidelines for penalties for the two offences.
Adverse player behaviour has been a festering problem in local cricket for several seasons and officialdom are keen to ensure the players code of conduct as stated in the Preamble is adhered to.
"We are going to back the Association, support them in their attempt to clean up player behaviour," Ulrick said. "We hope this (the Adamson case) will serve as a warning for them (players) to smarten up their act."
Adamson has seven days in which to appeal. His appeal would be heard by the CRCA executive.