County news August 9, 2013

Suspended Batty to miss FLt20 Finals Day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gareth Batty will miss Friends Life t20 Finals Day after being handed a two-match suspension for "appalling" behaviour following the on-pitch spat with Peter Trego during Surrey's quarter-final against Somerset at The Oval.

Batty, the Surrey captain, was found guilty of two level two breaches of the ECB's code of conduction relating to "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact" and "using language or a gesture that is obscene or of a serious insulting nature".

It means Surrey will be without their captain and frontline one-day spinner for Finals Day on August 17 at Edgbaston, where they have been drawn to face the holders, Hampshire, in the semi-finals. Batty was already fulfilling the captaincy role on an interim basis following the injury that ruled Graeme Smith out for the season and Surrey will now have to scour the team for another leader. Steven Davies and Vikram Solanki are likely to be the leading candidates.

The incident in the quarter-final occurred when Trego was bowled by Batty and began walking back to the pavilion, which took him towards Surrey's celebrating players. Batty was then seen to shove Trego while also mouthing obscenities towards him.

Gerard Elias QC, the chairman of the cricket discipline commission (CDC), described Batty's behaviour as "appalling" and said he did consider whether further action should be taken along with the immediate suspension but decided not to refer the matter to a disciplinary panel.

Elias said: "This was a high profile televised match with much at stake for both sides. In these circumstances, the Cricket Discipline Commission expects players to have regard to the image of the game and their place as role models, and to control their emotions accordingly.

"Gareth Batty was not merely a player but was the Surrey captain. His conduct as such was appalling. Not only was he involved in deliberately and inappropriately physically confronting a batsman he had just dismissed, he subsequently engaged in a foul-mouthed tirade at the batsman.

"Plainly, he acted contrary to the spirit of the game and in a way which brings cricket into disrepute and failed to set the leadership example expected."

The ECB statement continued: "The CDC takes this opportunity to remind players and captains of their duties and responsibilities as ambassadors for the game. So called 'high pressure' matches will not be regarded as any excuse for playing the game other than in accordance with the discipline regulations and in the proper spirit."

The penalty for a first level two offence is three points and the penalty for a second level two offence within 24 months is six points. Batty has therefore received a total of nine penalty points, triggering an automatic suspension for a period of two matches. This penalty will remain on his record for a period of two years.

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  • Gareth on August 11, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    No surprise to see Surrey players acting in such an appalling manner, not the first time by any means. Good to see decisive action by the ECB for once

  • John on August 11, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight on (August 9, 2013, 16:27 GMT) It wasn't Craig or Tregs who made the decision to ban Batty - let it go

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    As a Worcester supporter watching this game on Sky and seeing 3 ex-worcester players starring for Surrey that evening,I am going to support Batty over this incident.He was celebrating taking Trego's wicket,Trego walked towards Batty and his colleagues on his way to the pavilion,Trego was pushed and words were exchanged. What was said I don't know,but there must have been obscenities to warrant such a severe punishment for what was a storm in a teacup.To suggest this was as bad as anything that has happened on a football field is nonsense.

  • John on August 10, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I don't know exactly what went on , and can only go by what I saw on TV. Not sure either way if Trego did anything wrong? Was he walking at Batty or walking back to the pavillion?

    Also not sure what was said between the pair , but it was clear that Batty said F.O at least twice when the Sky cameras were right on him. Not sure how audible it was in the ground but with T20 seen as a way to get kids interested in cricket I can certainly see why he was punished this way

  • Mike on August 10, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    His behaviour was shameful and indicative of the way the sport is heading. It's not the first time he's been involved in similar spats so I'm glad that the governing boy has finally taken the necessary steps to curb his over exuberance. He's not the only one however, and unfortunatelyi it seems to be mainly ginger people who can't control themselves. Maybe the ECB needs to pull gingers to one side and have a quiet word.

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Whilst the ECB have been swift to deal with this and have given a penalty, I feel a more harsher punishment is due. An immediate 3 match suspension would have a far more telling effect.

  • Bob on August 10, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Posted by Nutcutlet.. You say: "I am not defending Batty"... you then go on to just that. Batty got what he deserved and it serves him right. If he was only half as good as he thinks he is, he would be brilliant..

  • Tim on August 10, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    He's an unpleasant character on the pitch and his actions were ridiculous and all of his own making.

  • Mark on August 10, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Well done ECB for tackling such awful behaviour and for doling out a meaningful punishment that will impact the player and his club. Despite his years of playing experience, Batty obviously needs time away from the game to think about his actions and the conduct required of a professional cricketer.

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    what about wilson's behaviour towards the square leg umpire?