County news August 9, 2013

Suspended Batty to miss FLt20 Finals Day

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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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  • Rabies on August 9, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    I am a neutral here- but as such I am really impressed with the way this has been handled- well done the ECB. I was truly shocked at Batty's behaviour, without doubt he brought the game and his club into disrepute- he should be ashamed- especially as there were so many children watching. We often are heard bemoaning the behaviour of premier league footballers- and in my mind this was as bad as anything I have seen from them- and that is about as damning a judgement as I can make. That the ECB has seen fit to impose the bans inside the same competition as the offence seems completely justified, I applaud their spine.

  • AckaBilk 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

  • JG2704 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

  • 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.

  • JG2704 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

  • Dubaimike 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.

  • 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.

  • bobmartin 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..

  • westbars_spireite 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.

  • Silchester 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.

  • Rabies on August 9, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    I am a neutral here- but as such I am really impressed with the way this has been handled- well done the ECB. I was truly shocked at Batty's behaviour, without doubt he brought the game and his club into disrepute- he should be ashamed- especially as there were so many children watching. We often are heard bemoaning the behaviour of premier league footballers- and in my mind this was as bad as anything I have seen from them- and that is about as damning a judgement as I can make. That the ECB has seen fit to impose the bans inside the same competition as the offence seems completely justified, I applaud their spine.

  • AckaBilk 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

  • JG2704 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

  • 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.

  • JG2704 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

  • Dubaimike 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.

  • 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.

  • bobmartin 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..

  • westbars_spireite 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.

  • Silchester 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.

  • on August 10, 2013, 7:30 GMT

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

  • Nutcutlet on August 10, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    It's very naive to think that one party is entirely to blame for any contretemps, esp. in competitive sport; this was obviously verbal besides the unseemly physical contact between Batty & Trego -- both players fierce competitors by reputation. I am not defending Batty: I am sure that he knows that he overstepped the mark, besides offering his post-match apology to Trego. Those that are hypercritical of Batty should try a spot of empathising. For the second season in a row, he has been asked to deputize for the nominated captain who's been unable to fulfil his requirements; the coach has been shown the door & he's been injured himself for a number of weeks himself. On top of all this, Surrey as a team has been underperforming, except in the Flt20. None of this is Batty's doing, but he's been given the mop & been expected to get things sorted. That's quite a lot of pressure, completely unasked for. None of this is acknowledged by Elias, but judges don't often do empathy, unfortunately!

  • Chingers on August 9, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    If Cyril Knight is a Surrey supporter, he will know that Surrey fielded a youth team in their last YB40 match, which they were apparently happy to lose, and use as a training game for younger players. Banning Batty for YB40 games would be meaningless. Surrey's statement is a disgrace - there is nothing objectionable in Mr Elias's comments. Surrey seem to wish to undermine the disciplinary process. I hope the ECB take further action against Surrey for this reprehensible attitude. Am I surprised? No - Surrey have form. A few years back, one of their players swore at one of our Colts, from a Surrey focus club, invited as a treat to wave the flags as the players took to the field. Did Surrey do anything? No. Will they fine Batty some salary for being unable to play? No. Will they do anything to support discipline? No. Here's a challenge to Surrey - and to Alec Stewart in particular. How are you setting an example? Where are your role models? Let's hear some condemnatory words, please!

  • willsrustynuts on August 9, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    If you defend Batty here (you know who you are) have a very jaundiced view of the World. I support neither of the teams and couldn't care less who goes to the final but if Batty is there the final will be the poorer for it.

  • simsini on August 9, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    By applying a delay to the ban, Gerard Elias has not even followed directive 3.6.18. It should apply the day after notification and there is no precedent for this type of suspension. Surrey have every right to be livid, especially considering how unprofessional Elias' comments were on the press release. If this cannot be appealed I would think a legal challenge is in order.

  • on August 9, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Good, Its been a long time coming for Batty, even in the picture above you can see Trego is walking away with Batty still enraged, after all was Trego supposed to walk around the boundary to get back to the pavillion?

  • Cyril_Knight on August 9, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @Rey23 Delaying the suspension is just wrong and spiteful. It seems Elias is having a power trip and expressing his personal dislike of Batty and/or Surrey. As Surrey have pointed out, elements of the press release are suspect and unprofessional.

    Surrey will fight this - the importance of the matches missed while suspended is irrelevant, Batty broke the rules and should only be punished by those rules.

    As for Trego and Keiswetter, they will be given a nice, warm reception at The Oval next season, assuming neither are relegated!

  • Munkeymomo on August 9, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Excellent. Very impressed with the ECB here. Batty is a horrible player and this punishment is well deserved.

  • Rey23 on August 9, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Cyril - It's been specifically delayed so that he misses Final's Day. Surrey don't like it, going by the statement on their website, but personally I think this sends out the right message. The CB40 matches he otherwise would have missed are pretty meaningless for Surrey - whilst this is a proper punishment for his actions.

  • on August 9, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    i've viewed the footage again and at no time does Batty taking his eyes off keeper Steve Davies as he performs his habitual YEEEEEEESSSSS!! celebration - Trego however does nothing to avoid Batty's path and visibly takes an aggressive stance, whipping off his helmet as if to say 'come on then' - its only then that Batty palms him away...yes the altercation certainly pushed the boundaries, but it was brilliant to see a player so passionate about taking a crucial scalp...the ECB have conveniently ignored Alviro Peterson's clear sending off of Zafar Ansari in the same game with the accompanying 'eff off' clearly visible on tv - where's the consistency Gerard Elias QC??

  • Dan9999 on August 9, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Can't say I'm disappointed. His behaviour was disgraceful and not what we want cricket to become. We pride ourselves on the conduct of the players and fans and seeing incidents like this.... not good. There is a line and he crossed it.

  • Cyril_Knight on August 9, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Can you check if he misses 2 matches as in Derbyshire (YB40) this weekend and the semi-final against Hampshire, meaning if Surrey can beat Hants he could play in the final?

  • Cyril_Knight on August 9, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Can you check if he misses 2 matches as in Derbyshire (YB40) this weekend and the semi-final against Hampshire, meaning if Surrey can beat Hants he could play in the final?

  • Dan9999 on August 9, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Can't say I'm disappointed. His behaviour was disgraceful and not what we want cricket to become. We pride ourselves on the conduct of the players and fans and seeing incidents like this.... not good. There is a line and he crossed it.

  • on August 9, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    i've viewed the footage again and at no time does Batty taking his eyes off keeper Steve Davies as he performs his habitual YEEEEEEESSSSS!! celebration - Trego however does nothing to avoid Batty's path and visibly takes an aggressive stance, whipping off his helmet as if to say 'come on then' - its only then that Batty palms him away...yes the altercation certainly pushed the boundaries, but it was brilliant to see a player so passionate about taking a crucial scalp...the ECB have conveniently ignored Alviro Peterson's clear sending off of Zafar Ansari in the same game with the accompanying 'eff off' clearly visible on tv - where's the consistency Gerard Elias QC??

  • Rey23 on August 9, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Cyril - It's been specifically delayed so that he misses Final's Day. Surrey don't like it, going by the statement on their website, but personally I think this sends out the right message. The CB40 matches he otherwise would have missed are pretty meaningless for Surrey - whilst this is a proper punishment for his actions.

  • Munkeymomo on August 9, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Excellent. Very impressed with the ECB here. Batty is a horrible player and this punishment is well deserved.

  • Cyril_Knight on August 9, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @Rey23 Delaying the suspension is just wrong and spiteful. It seems Elias is having a power trip and expressing his personal dislike of Batty and/or Surrey. As Surrey have pointed out, elements of the press release are suspect and unprofessional.

    Surrey will fight this - the importance of the matches missed while suspended is irrelevant, Batty broke the rules and should only be punished by those rules.

    As for Trego and Keiswetter, they will be given a nice, warm reception at The Oval next season, assuming neither are relegated!

  • on August 9, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Good, Its been a long time coming for Batty, even in the picture above you can see Trego is walking away with Batty still enraged, after all was Trego supposed to walk around the boundary to get back to the pavillion?

  • simsini on August 9, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    By applying a delay to the ban, Gerard Elias has not even followed directive 3.6.18. It should apply the day after notification and there is no precedent for this type of suspension. Surrey have every right to be livid, especially considering how unprofessional Elias' comments were on the press release. If this cannot be appealed I would think a legal challenge is in order.

  • willsrustynuts on August 9, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    If you defend Batty here (you know who you are) have a very jaundiced view of the World. I support neither of the teams and couldn't care less who goes to the final but if Batty is there the final will be the poorer for it.

  • Chingers on August 9, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    If Cyril Knight is a Surrey supporter, he will know that Surrey fielded a youth team in their last YB40 match, which they were apparently happy to lose, and use as a training game for younger players. Banning Batty for YB40 games would be meaningless. Surrey's statement is a disgrace - there is nothing objectionable in Mr Elias's comments. Surrey seem to wish to undermine the disciplinary process. I hope the ECB take further action against Surrey for this reprehensible attitude. Am I surprised? No - Surrey have form. A few years back, one of their players swore at one of our Colts, from a Surrey focus club, invited as a treat to wave the flags as the players took to the field. Did Surrey do anything? No. Will they fine Batty some salary for being unable to play? No. Will they do anything to support discipline? No. Here's a challenge to Surrey - and to Alec Stewart in particular. How are you setting an example? Where are your role models? Let's hear some condemnatory words, please!