Stalling over Jesse Ryder hearing denied

Last updated 05:00 13/06/2012
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STALLING: Cricket Wellington chief executive Peter Clinton insists the organisation isn't stalling over Jesse Ryder's code of conduct hearing.
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Cricket Wellington chief executive Peter Clinton insists the organisation isn't stalling over Jesse Ryder's code of conduct hearing, more than 10 weeks after the incident.

Ryder faces a charge of unacceptable behaviour after what witnesses described as an ugly clash with Firebirds team-mate Harry Boam during a Pearce Cup match at Karori Park on March 31.

Clinton said Cricket Wellington was still trying to confirm a hearing date.

The latest delay was caused by Ryder's representative, Cricket Players Association boss Heath Mills, being in India doing security checks for the New Zealand cricket team's tour in August.

"We haven't been able to pin down a date that's suitable for all parties; we're still working on that," Clinton said last night.

"A hearing is proposed to take place some time shortly, but it's just contingent on getting everyone together at the right time."

Incident reports were filed at the time by Karori's captain, Simon Baker, and umpires Stu Bullen and Jeremy Busby. Boam filed a written statement, as requested by Cricket Wellington, but no witnesses from the Karori club will be called, Clinton confirmed.

The umpires, Ryder, Mills and the code of conduct commissioner will be the only ones present.

It is understood Ryder wrote a letter of apology to the Karori club and Boam while in India at the IPL.

Suggestions that Cricket Wellington hoped the issue would quietly go away were denied by Clinton.

"No, I don't think that is a fair comment," said Clinton, who declined to comment further.

Some Karori members and players remain annoyed about Ryder's behaviour that day, and at the delay in convening a hearing. Baker, who is in England on business, declined to comment, while club captain Hamish Templeton didn't return a phone message.

Contact Mark Geenty
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