Cricket Round 8

Yet another one-day match and this time between two evenly matched teams.  All I can say is that it was one of the best games I have officiated for some time.  From the start of the game to the very last ball, it was unknown who would win.  The teams were on the same score with one ball to play, and the home team managed to score the winning run.  And it was another good day for the Umpires.  In a game such as this, the concentration steps up a cog and both of us came away from the game believing we did our best according to the Laws of Cricket.

Well, that’s it for 2010.  The next match is not until the 8th of January.  I can’t believe that half a season is already over.  Up until now, games are won or lost and nobody seems to care too much (there are exceptions).  But in the new year, all matches are significant and points won or lost become crucial to deciding the finalists.  All Umpires must be at their best from now on, to ensure that every match is won or lost by what happens on the day, not by a dodgy umpiring decision.  Fortunately, I have faith in my fellow Umpires to ensure that those teams that make the semi-finals have done so on their own merit.

Merry Christmas and may all your snicks be slogs.

Don

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