Cricket Round 3 – Day 2

Sorry I’m a bit late with my Cricket update, but other things keep getting in the way. So, how did I go with my injured foot? Better than expected. After last week’s photo was taken, my entire foot went quite black/blue. However, one on my colleagues provided me with a compression bandage and I was able to stand for the entire innings. In fact, the next day it looked much better. The more I have used the bandage and walked, the quicker the bruising is disappearing.

Now to the match. Did I mention that the weather knows when cricket is on? Well, it did again today. At least we did not have gale force winds. The day started out fine and sunny, but by the start of the match the clouds were ominous. When lightning struck a nearby hill, we left the field in an orderly fashion (run for your lives!!). After the mandatory 30 minutes waiting period after the last lightning strike, we went out again. This time the rains came and we took an early tea. After tea, my colleague and I walked out to inspect the pitch, but it started raining again. We walked back to the pavilion and the rain stopped. So we walked out again and this time got the covers off. Over the next hour I watched a big storm coming from the south, getting closer and closer, until it was nearly upon us. It then miraculously turned away to the east and we continued play until we had a first innings result.

I don’t think all the stop/start we had helped the batting side and I was disappointed with the pitch, which did not have anywhere near the preparation it had the previous week. However, we play an outdoor sport and we all have to take what mother nature dishes out to us. The lesson for Umpires here is that we must act impartially, irrespective of the state of the game and perform our duties according to the Laws of Cricket and the Local Rules of the competition. This, I believe, we did without fear or favor.


3 Responses to “Cricket Round 3 – Day 2”

  1. I’m glad your injured foot is healing Don. The compression bandage would certainly help, though I also recommend applying ice. It will be uncomfortable or even hurt, but it does help the healing process.

    Just remember RICE for muscle injuries:


    That is in the order of importance/effectiveness. So the best thing to do is rest and apply ice.

    Doctor McNally signing off ;-)……


  2. Thanks Doc,

    I usually subscribe to the DMB method:


    It may not fix the problem, but who cares?


  3. Nice one. 8)


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