Jesse Ryder has been found guilty of serious dissent following a verbal volley at an umpire in a Wellington club cricket match. Ryder was bowling for Petone Eastbourne in a Twenty20 knockout competition semifinal against Karori at Kilbirnie Park on February 24. He had an appeal for lbw against Wellington Fire bird Stephen Murdoch turned down by former international umpire Evan Watkin and is understood to have then let his feelings about the decision known to Watkin in a loud and clear manner on the way back to his mark. Watkin and fellow umpire Paul Cummings filed a written report after the match, which Petone Eastbourne won, and Ryder was charged with serious dissent towards an umpire’s decision.
According to a report in stuff.co.nz, Cricket Wellington head Peter Clinton stated that the written verdict was despatched to all the parties involved on Thursday March 17. However, Clinton added that the statement won’t be made public. Earlier, Watkin and his colleague, Paul Cummings had lodged a written complaint against Ryder and he was charged with ‘serious dissent’. A code of conduct hearing was summoned last Wednesday. However, as per reports, Petone Eastbourne skipper BJ Crook appeared on Ryder’s behalf.
Cricket Wellington chief executive Peter Clinton said Ryder was found guilty of dissenting an umpire decision and fined $500. After a hearing last week, a commissioner released his decision this week. The offence was at level two, which is on a scale between less serious level one and more serious level four offences. Ryder was previously in news when he got into a brawl at a club after getting drunk and suffered multiple head fracture.
Last year, Jesse Ryder was suspended from Plunket Shield’s final after a verbal outburst against umpire, Gary Baxter, for adjudging him caught at first slip by Anton Devcich off Ish Sodhi’s bowling. It was also reported that he had caused damage to the cricketers’ dressing room with his bat.