Brothers batsman Adam Rayner will face a judiciary tonight to determine if he is available for tomorrow’s NewsMail Cup final.
Brothers batsman Adam Rayner will face a judiciary tonight to determine if he is available for tomorrow’s NewsMail Cup final. Max Fleet

Rayner in doubt for Cup final

He is capable of winning a match single-handedly and he has been in sparkling form this year.

But Adam Rayner will miss tomorrow’s News

Mail Cup final against Across The Waves if he can not fight a charge of dissent at a judiciary hearing tonight.

It is alleged Rayner abused umpire Paul Denning while bowling during the first innings against Country Wests a fortnight ago.

The report was filed at the conclusion of the game last weekend and because Rayner works outside of Bundaberg the hearing was delayed until tonight.

The big-hitting Brothers batsmen has made three centuries already this season, his most recent in only 34 balls last weekend against Country Wests attack, while also posting 107 against Waves in their most recent clash.

Facing the tribunal may be a tougher task though, having pleaded not guilty and choosing to fight the one-week ban originally proposed.

His captain David Boge acknowledged the potential loss of Rayner would be a set-back, but will stand by his star batsmen tonight as they plead their case.

Waves skipper Brendan Prossliner is not holding his breath on the decision.

“I’d be surprised if he’s suspended,” he said.

“It would be nice if he didn’t play. Half an hour of his batting could take the game away from us.”

The meeting is scheduled for 6pm tonight.



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