Cricket Round 7 – Day 1

Another Saturday morning rolls around and the weather has not been good during the week. I was advised of a number of games that were called off on Friday evening. Come Saturday morning, a few more games were called off. I felt for sure that all games would be called off, but then I heard of one game still on. Patiently, I waited for the call to tell me my game was off. It was still raining at my place and then – poof – a power failure. I could do nothing. I couldn’t even get my car out of the garage (electric door), couldn’t shower (gas heater but electric starter), couldn’t shave (you guessed it – electric shaver), no telephone (wireless phone – requires electricity) and no computer (obvious by now). I reach for my handy mobile phone and – I am out of credit.

Luckily, the power comes back on and I can complete most tasks, but by now I am running late. I decide I have to go to the ground, but I expect my match will be called off. I arrive at the ground only to find that it hasn’t rained there and play will start on time. I am mentally unprepared for this and have to quickly adjust into umpiring mode.

The pitch is hard on top but “feels” soft. This is confirmed by how easy the stumps go into the ground. So, the pitch is soft and a little green, the outfield is dry, so that the ball wouldn’t get wet, and it was overcast with a humid breeze coming off the ocean, which would enable a fair amount of swing. My fellow Umpire and I discuss all this and decide that we would bowl first. But what would we know? We are only Umpires.

At the toss, the winning Captain chose to bat first. They were all out just on Tea time for 54 runs. The home team then batted and declared at 5 for 254. After 5 more overs, we abandon play due to bad light with the away team being none for 12.

What have I learned from this? Well, don’t assume anything with the weather. Even if it is raining at your place, don’t assume it is raining everywhere, because assume makes an ass out of u and me. Also, be prepared. I should not have waited until the last minute to get ready, only to have a power failure and start a panic. And above all, mentally prepare yourself for the game, even if it is subsequently called off. Luckily I snapped into Umpire mode pretty quickly when a batsman was bowled middle stump off the 4th ball of the day. But would I have been ready to give him out LBW if he had got his pad in the way? Every Umpire must be ready to give a decision from the first ball of the day right through to the last ball of the day. I think I used up one of my “get out of jail free” cards today.

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2 Responses to “Cricket Round 7 – Day 1”

  1. What an interesting story and message. It is so important to be present in the moment and ready to do what is expected of us when it is all happening. Did the home side eventually win?
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  2. Not yet. Day 2 isn’t until this coming Saturday. I’ll post the result next week.

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