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With our season coming to a close I thought this would be a great opportunity to briefly re-cap our season. 2013-14 Season – By the Numbers
91 Umpires attended the Season Launch at the Zoo
150 Umpires attended our pre-season seminar
271 Umpires attained their Level 1 (Community Umpire) Accreditation
36 Umpires completed the Level 2 (Representative Umpire) Course
3798 Individual Umpire Appointments through SACA, ATCA, PDCA and Carnivals
100% of Senior Grade Matches with 2 umpires
72.34% of Junior Grade Matches with 2 umpires (Still some work to do!)
7.08 is the average “Captains” Score across Grade Cricket (anything above 6 is good)
26 is the number of times “Wasit” appeared in photos
175 is the number of “Likes” on the SACUSA Facebook Page
3000+ is the number of emails sent to Amy this season (and counting)
Congratulations and thank you all for your efforts and contributions this season. Overall I have been very impressed with the performances this season and I know the umpire coaches share those sentiments. For many the season is not over, finals are here. Just like players, this is what all the work during the season is about. Read up on your By-Laws, talk to your upcoming partners, wash your shirts…. Most of all enjoy your finals experience! Neil
Special Olympics Special Olympics National Cricket Invitation 2014 The following is taken from a message from the Chair, Special Olympics Australia (SA), Roseanne Healy: “Special Olympics Australia is Australia’s peak organisation for people of all ages with an intellectual disability who aspire to play sport, and is part of a global community promoting sport as a means of inclusion and acceptance. In Australia each year, nearly 12,000sportssessions are tailored for more than 6,000 athletes – all delivered through their dedicated efforts of volunteers including coaches, mentors and sports co-ordinators, as well as athletes’ families”. Quoting from the Volunteer Handbook for the tournament : “The National Cricket Invitation 2014 is a partnership between Special Olympics SA and South Australian Cricket Association, aimed at improving competition opportunities for people with an intellectual disability in cricket”. The competition was held 7, 8, 9 February 2014 on 3 pitches in Adelaide’s south-western parklands, and contestants consisted of 2 teams from SA, 2 from NSW, and a team from ACT, from QLD, and from VIC. The matches were T20 format with 3 or 4 very minor variations to “normal” T20. On the final day of the competition, 3 finals were played, and SACA provided 3 umpires for those matches, and players were certainly appreciative and excited to have a Grade umpire in charge of each match. Jo Connolly, SACA Regional Team Leader – North West coordinated the SACA aspect of the tournament; Peter Raftery, Brian Litchfield and Tim Pellew provided the finals umpiring duties and it was a wonderful umpiring experience. Numerous volunteers were busy umpiring, serving, sun-blocking, setting up and clearing up etc throughout the carnival. It was a colourful environment with numerous shade structures scattered about the environment, colourful team banners and flags, and food and drinks vans on hand. Certainly a carnival atmosphere with encouragement from supporters of their teams at just about every run, not to mention the normal excitement at the fall of a wicket! The standard of the Division 1 teams was quite extraordinary with many players being extremely accomplished cricketers: a few in fact play weekends matches with Para Districts and with Barossa and Light Associations. Umpiring the Division 2 grand final probably provided the most rewarding experience as most players had much more of a disability than the Div 1 players and this required a lot of patience and assistance to players. After the finals, a closing ceremony was carried out and presentations were made. The excitement of all those present proved that there were no losers at the carnival.
What were you thinking? Flying High Thanks to John Biddiss for the following information. A batsman loses his grip on the bat when playing a shot and the ball hits the airborne bat. The ball flies to a fielder and is fairly caught and there was an appeal. As the umpire, what is your decision, out or not out and why? This reportedly happened in a Para Districts Cricket Association game a few weeks ago. Discussion among some of the PDCA Umpires afterwards was split between “Out” and “Not-out”. What would you have done in this instance? (Answer later in this issue) Boundaries Why do commentators at cricket matches (TV and wireless, oops, Radio) talk about the number of boundaries and sixes that a batter hit during an innings? When will they get it right and call boundary fours and boundary sixes? Bureaucratic b*llsh*t This says it all....... Pythagoras' Theorem: .........................................24 words Lord's Prayer: ......................................................66 words Archimedes' Principle: ..........................................67 words Ten Commandments: ..........................................179 words
Gettysburg Address: ............................................286 words US Declaration of Independence : .......................1,300 words US Constitution with all 27 Amendments: ............7,818words EU Regulations on the Sale of CABBAGES: .......26,911 words Wrong Comments Surely all readers have grimaced when commentators (TV and Radio!) when they speculate about the Laws of Cricket about so called controversial decisions, and more so when they actually give incorrect information about the Laws. Richie Benaud actually had Tom Smith on hand, but one wonders if he ever found an answer during a commentary. Cricket in China Did you know that the first recorded cricket match in China was between a British Naval ship side and a side from Shanghai. The Chinese Cricket Association (a member of the ICC since 2004) has set itself ambitious goals : 2015: Have 20,000 players and 2,000 coaches 2019: Qualify for the World Cup 2020: Gain Test status
Excuse Me! FOUL LANGUAGE' RESULTS IN REPRIMAND FOR U-19 BOWLER England Under-19 fast bowler Jack Winslade has been reprimanded for “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting" during his side's World Cup match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Abu Dhabi on Friday. The incident in question took place in the fifteenth over of UAE’s innings when Winslade used foul language after having been warned earlier for the same offence. On-field umpires Sundaram Ravi of India and Ian Ramage of Scotland, plus third umpire Shozab Raza from Pakistan, reported the Engishman to match referee Andy Pycroft. Winslade, who has played for Surrey's second XI, admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Pycroft and as such there was no need for a formal hearing. FINE HANDED OUT FOR 'OBSCENE LANGUAGE'
South Australian medium pacer Joe Mennie has been fined twenty per cent of his match fee for "using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting" during his side's Sheffield Shield match against Queensland in Brisbane on recently. Mennie, 25, was reported by umpires Gerard Abood and Anil Chaudhary and accepted the proposed penalty set by match referee David Tullala. Cricket Australia say it was Mennie's first offence under its Code of Behaviour system in the past eighteen months. With thanks to the “Playing the Game” for the above two articles and to David Duffy for information about this.
This photo nearly made the Cover!
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak. Errant Bowling
In the same Country Carnival the opening bowler delivered 6 and 4 wides in his first two overs (and was relieved of bowling by his captain!) and a 7 wides in a later spell. After 2 changes of innings, the same bowler had overcome his wide bowling, only to be called 5 and 3 times for foot fault no balls in his first two overs (before being taken off!). At the end of the second over the bowler snorted to the umpire that he had not been no-balled for over 2 seasons, to which the umpire replied “Yes you have!”. Our grandmothers had genuine knowledge of staying naturally healthy. My granny lectured me about her practical knowledge: “For better digestion, I drink beer, for loss of appetite I drink white wine, with low blood pressure, red wine, with high blood pressure, cognac and whenever I have a cold, I drink Vodka.” I asked her“And when do you drink water?” “I have never been that sick!” she replied.
What were you thinking? Atrocious Decision The following story comes from a player in a recent C Grade 30 overs match (the hot day). Team T made 9/117 off their 30 overs. In an exciting finish Team U were 8/118 with 3 balls remaining of the 30 th over. The cheering winning team, and scorers, advised the umpires that the match was over, but, (hear this), the umpires called for the over to be completed “as there were only a few balls to play”. After a no ball, an objecting batter was caught trying to hit the 4th legitimate ball for the world’s longest six and then the umpire did call “Time”. (Not only wrong but inconsistent with their wrongness!). C’mon umps: that’s terrible. Letter to the Editor Last weekend I umpired a B grade game between Northern Districts and Woodville at Salisbury. The Northern Districts team decided to make it a Pink day with as many things as possible pink. This included pink stumps, caps, wicketkeeper pads and some batting grips. The ladies supported their male partners by having a pink morning tea. The day was in support of the McGrath Foundation. I thought it was a worthwhile activity and could be featured in other club/ umpiring events. Regards Graham Slater. Thanks Graham. Nice idea but surely this is for SACA and/or our Association to determine. If all clubs went their own way, matches could look like a bit of a shambles. I assume ND had approval from SACA for things pink. Ed
Answer to Flying High The following is provided by Lord’s In this situation the umpire would have to judge whether the act of letting go of the bat was accidental or deliberate. Take first the accidental case. Law 6.3(a) stipulates that reference to the bat is to imply that the bat is held by the batsman. Law 28.1(a)(ii) sets this aside for the situation of the wicket being put down by the striker’s bat. Apart from this single specifically stated exception, Law 6.3 (a) is to apply throughout the Laws. In particular, it will apply in Law 32.1. Unless the striker’s hand is in contact with the bat when it is touched by the ball, the contact will not count as the ball touching the bat. The first requirement for a catch will not be satisfied. The striker will not be out Caught. No unfair act has been committed, so there is no reason in Law for runs not to be scored. However, as explained above, the ball has not officially touched the bat. Unless the ball touches the striker’s person such runs can only be Byes. If the ball does touch the striker’s person, dropping his bat accidentally cannot be counted as an attempt by him to play the ball or to avoid being hit by the ball. Leg byes would not be allowed, so no runs would accrue. If, however, in the opinion of either umpire, the striker let go of his bat deliberately, two points arise. Firstly, any deflection of the ball by the bat would have to be regarded as wilful, on exactly the same basis as the ball hitting a deliberately discarded helmet is deemed to be fielding the ball illegally. If there was an appeal serious consideration would have to be given to dismissing the striker Obstructing the field. Secondly, the umpires would be justified in regarding this wilful act as an attempt to avoid being caught. This is unfair and against the Spirit of the Game. The umpire would call and signal Dead ball under Law 42.4 and both umpires take action under Law 42.18, of reporting the batsman and his captain. The call of Dead ball would of course prohibit the scoring of any runs. Think that one through!
On the Road Again 2014 U-18 Girls Nationals Tournament By Paul Welbourn Tuesday 14th January 2014: Arriving at Ballarat with fellow interstate umpires, Claire Polosak (NSW) & Ashlee Kovalevs (WA) we met Victorian umpires Alan Jones, Stephen Pitts, John Walker, Rod Kerrison & Nick Frampton. At St Patrick’s College, umpires’ boss Daryl Cox and Cate Ryan from Cricket Australia (remember her from SACA?) talked us through the playing conditions and provided our clothing. Day 1: Tasmania v Auckland with umpire Nick Frampton: a 50 overs game in oppressive heat and with friendly flies. We finished early and had a good post game with the coaches & captains. Daryl had videotaped our first 50 overs and later gave us some good feedback. Day 2: An early start due to mid forties forecast and same flies!!! SA v NSW with umpire John Walker. The game was close with SA making 82 from 36 overs and NSW getting the required 83 runs in the 43 rd over. NSW went for the winning run on a quick single and SA thought they had run the girl out but John gave it not out. (No video!) I made a big “howler”. One of the SA girls hit a shot into short square leg’s helmet, which popped up to first slip and I gave her out. Later I realized my mistake: that’ll never happen again! In our post game meeting, the coaches and captains the girls raised inconsistency of leg and off side wide’s calls, (and the catch off the helmet was mentioned!). But overall they thought I did a good job, which was nice to hear. Another good day with much learnt. Day 3: Another early start because the 41+ predicted temperature, and the flies. 2 x T20 games with partner Nick Frampton, a very good umpire from Warnambool. We even had an electronic scoreboard! Some of our Travelling umpires for this season Corey, Adrian, Paul and Craig
The first game NSW v QLD went down to the wire: QLD 56 and NSW 53 with me giving out (confidently) an LBW decision as the final NSW wicket. The pleasing thing was in our post game meeting both teams said we did a very good job. Game 2 QLD v WA also became close. QLD made 76 and with WA 4/10 runs it looked like an early finish but WA clawed their way back to be 9/62 with 2 overs remaining but for them they disappointing lost their final wicket as it looked like they may have got the target. After dinner CA’s Bob Parry spent a couple of hours with us going and dealing with though numerous scenarios and how to deal with certain on-field situations, all of which where extremely helpful. It was a full day and a later retirement!! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Day 4: Saturday 18th January: Rest day for teams and umpires, and Vic flies.
On the Road Again cont... Day 5: With partner Claire Polosak, 2 x T20 games: ACT v WA (morning) and Victoria v QLD (afternoon). If I thought the previous round of games were great and showed the best of girls’ cricket, today topped the previous days’ efforts. There were great skills, outstanding sportsmanship, good cricket and just a really great day of cricket, with fantastic weather, less flies, and an outstanding pitch. In the first game the ACT wicketkeeper knocked the stumps, with the runner well out of her ground: an easy decision for me. The ACT captain then advised me that the ‘keeper did not have the ball when the stumps were hit so I reversed my decision. Outstanding sportsmanship. WA won comfortably. The second game was a low scoring game with QLD out for 44 and Vics easily making the runs. This game was probably the easiest and enjoyable to umpire as it pretty much took care of itself with no major decisions required by Claire nor me.
Day 6: A limited overs game today, SA v Victoria with partner Alan Jones. This was one of the best games of the tournament with Victoria making 133 & SA chasing down the amount in the 46 th over. I was generally happy with my umpiring performance although SA thought my wide interpretations were inconsistent. Both teams seemed happy with key decisions I had to adjudicate. Day 7 : Well what a way to finish the tournament. A great last day game to umpire was Tasmania v Auckland, a short game played in great spirit. Later we all converged on St Patrick’s College for a hearty meal, finals presentations and various awards. Later we umpires had some final drinks, some said goodbye and headed homeward and for the rest we had an early departure tomorrow for the airport. Finally I would like to say what a fantastic tournament this has been. I learnt a lot that will improve my umpiring and I made some great new friends, some of whom no doubt I will encounter next Easter. Umpire Exchange Program Paul Wilson Our member Paul Wilson was in South Africa last month. No, not there to watch Test matches (although he may have got some viewing in) but to umpire two South African domestic 1 st class matches. Congratulations Paul. Paul’s appointment is part of an international umpire exchange program designed to assist in the development of umpires and of umpiring. A number of other Australian umpires have previously travelled on this program, as have Anil Chaudhary from India and Allahuddien Palekar from South Africa who have been officiating in some Bupa Sheffield Shield matches. Simon Fry Our member Simon Fry has previously been part of the umpire exchange program having umpired in two Indian domestic Ranji Trophy matches, and also in NZ. Not only do we congratulate Simon for his many umpiring achievements but also for being awarded Sport SA Official of the Year at the end of last year.
Tired of Umpiring? Umpires for the one day game at Moonta travelled together. On the return trip, the driver was able to employ an unexpected assistance to staying alert, by way of loud snoring from the occupant of the passenger seat! ‘What goes on in the car, stays in the car’, but the names rhymed with ‘Rabid Roughie’ (driver) and ‘Hadrian Frost’ (passenger). Thanks DB
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Para Districts News Finals are fast approaching and we are all getting excited as we come to the business end of another season. This was the basis of our training session last month. One of our umpires, Andrew Martin, prepared this, following a couple of recent incidents he had to deal with. (Note some have been deliberately exaggerated, and not all happened in the same game) As you can imagine, the exercise generated a great deal of lively discussion
Training Session for Umpires Sledging or Abuse For the purpose of this training paper, all incidents occur in the same game. You have been given you a game that has caused conflict between the two clubs in the past. Team Black and Team White 1. At the toss do you make any comments to the captains? If so why? If not, why? 2. Before a ball is bowled the black team is fielding and a call from a fielder to the wicket keeper “He’s f*****g shit, we know how to get him out” Sledge or Abuse. Action / No action 3. The first three balls are bowled and the fourth is hit to the boundary for four runs. The batsman at non striker end remarks, “Now who’s shit! I’ve seen lower grade bowl better than that.” Sledge or abuse, action / no action? 4. A batsman hits the ball into the field which is dropped at mid on. The non striker remarks, “You’re a f*****g loser”! That was a dolly.” Sledge or abuse, action or no action? 5. At drinks you decide to talk to the captains, what would you say? Nothing or... 6. After Black have batted, white face the first delivery when a barrage of comments are directed at the batsman. Sledge or abuse, action or no action. 7. The bowler, not happy with your decision making, bowls the ball from behind you, the ball passing over your shoulder but under the rim of your hat. Action or no action? 8. At the end of the game as the last wicket is taken, the striker (captain of white team) turns and, in your opinion deliberately, walks through the stumps. Action or no action.
If you would award Penalty runs then please indicate where. Paper set by Andrew Martin PDCA Cricket Umpire. 4/02/2014 Best of luck to all our SACUSA colleagues for the upcoming finals. Bob Eldridge
Good to Know Dear Umpires and Scorers I am a former SACUSA Umpire, umpiring over 140 matches in 14 Seasons from 1994/95-2008/09. My enquiry stems from some bad news for me. After retiring from Umpiring I had kept all of my cricket umpiring records at my parents place in storage. Unfortunately my father has unwittingly chucked out of all of my umpiring records. I have lost all of my appointment sheets, SACUA Annual Reports, SACA Members Newsletters, paper SACA members tickets, Grade Cricket Handbooks, By-Laws, 2000 Edition of the Laws of Cricket , and other cricket related memorabilia (including match programs for the 1995/96 Sheffield Shield Final, and the Australia / Australia A one day series in 1994/95). I am wondering if there are any current or past umpires that may have kept paper copies of their appointment sheets, dating from the 1994/95 Season through to the 2008/09 Season. I was wondering if they have, whether I could have photocopies of all appointment sheets, from that period. I umpired some Senior Men's and Women's Grades, but mostly juniors. Also I umpired many junior and senior carnivals like the Shell (BankSA) Shield, Ray Sutton Shield, Senior and Junior Country Carnivals, Indigenous Carnivals, as well as Para District and ATCA Finals. I know I can't replace everything but I'm hoping I can replace at least some things. If you, former or current umpires, may be able to help, please feel free to contact the Association Historian, who may then be able to pass onto me your details and what you can help replace. With thanks, Corey Trezise Umpires donation Cricket umpires in Warrnambool in south-west Victoria donated $A1,900 from their match fees a few weeks ago to a campaign to bring improved cancer care services in their region. Warrnambool Cricket Umpires Association (WCUA) secretary Sean Cole told the city's newspaper that his colleagues had voted that each active member would donate $100 to help fund a cancer treatment centre for the south-west. WCUA head Charlie Rivett passed the monies to cancer project founder Vicki Jellie last Saturday, a day when umpires also held a minute’s silence to honour past member Robert Campbell, who recently died on lung cancer after having umpired in the region for sixteen years. Well done those umpires. Big Hitting In a recent Country Carnival match a batter hit a huge boundary six, followed next ball by a big reverse sweep boundary six. The distances were measured after the match as being about 90 metres and 60 metres respectively.
Tom Smith Most of us know of or have a copy of Tom Smith’s Cricket Umpiring and Scoring book. As its cover states, it is “The internationally recognised and definitive guide to the interpretation and application of the Laws of Cricket”. The current edition is 2011 and little would have changed from the current 2013 Laws of Cricket edition. Tom Smith is a must have for umpires. Shane Warne “I’ve had my moments with umpires. There’s no hiding that. I’d call them disagreements rather than arguments, but still, it’s been lively over the years. But I can also say, hand on heart, I have total respect for the job they do….…umpiring is the hardest job in cricket”.
Good to Know This email has been prompted by a motion passed at the last meeting for a review of all aspects of team sheets. On the origin of the requirement that team sheets be exchanged before the toss, refer to page 81 of the Larwood Story published in 1965. The connection with this book is that the English manager of England’s bodyline series team, Sir Pelham Warner, was the person responsible for this change. As captain of England in a Sydney Test in 1903-04, after winning the toss and electing to bat, Warner substituted a batsman for a bowler!! The batsman so included, AE Knight made, 71 in 260 minutes out of a first innings of 249 and England won by 157 runs – regaining the Ashes!! No wonder this substitution provoked such a change, this being the first English tour actually under the auspices of the MCC!! So bodyline was not the first piece of “sharp” practice occurring on Warner’s watch leading to a change in the laws. So whatever else happens in the review, the circumstances of its introduction provide a strong argument to retain the requirement that team sheets be exchanged before the toss. Richard Scott An Irishman was drinking in a bar in London when he gets a call on his mobile phone. He orders drinks for everybody in the bar as he announces his wife has just produced a typical Irish baby boy weighing 25 pounds. Nobody can believe that any new baby can weigh in at 25 pounds, but the man just shrugs, "That's about average up our way, folks...like I said - my boy's a typical Tipperrary baby boy.." Two weeks later the man returns to the bar. The bartender says, "Say, you're the father of that typical Irish baby that weighed 25 pounds at birth, aren't you? Everybody's been makin' bets about how big he'd be in two weeks ... so how much does he weigh now?" The proud father answers, "Seventeen pounds". The bartender is puzzled and concerned. "What happened? He was 25 pounds the day he was born." The father takes a slow swig of his Jameson Irish Whisky, wipes his lips on his shirt sleeve, leans into the bartender and proudly says...
Blind Cricket Blind Cricket was first played in Australia in the early 1920’s. The game originated in Melbourne after the first world war where returned servicemen working at the Institute for the Blind started playing cricket with an old jam tin filled with stones to give the “ball” some audio for players to hear the ball to assist them to play. Over time those who were employed at the Blind Institute, and were basket weavers, started to weave cricket balls out of wicker. These balls were filled with bottle tops and pieces of lead to give them a weight of 5 1/2 ounces (ie regular cricket ball weight). The other complication of this ball was that it needed to be quickly soaked in water every few overs so that the wicker didn’t crack and break. This ball was used up until the 1970s until South Australia started using nylon tubing to manufacture the ball. For many years all the balls that were used around Australia were the South Australian balls, hand weaved by blind persons. Each ball took many hours to weave and it was thirsty work: fortunately finding bottle tops off of West End long necks was easy work! Blind Cricket Australia believe that Blind Cricket is the oldest sport for the disabled in the world. The game of Blind Cricket from its origins up until the mid 1990’s was based on red ball cricket with a few obvious rule changes such as under arm bowling (and yes it was blind cricket which taught the Chappell’s how to bowl underarm after the SABCC played against the South Australian team many years ago) single ended batting and no catching. The original ovals had 30 to 40 metres boundaries. Totally blind batsman are given a runner to assist them when batting. In 1996 the first International Conference for Blind Cricket was held in India where all the test playing nations got together to work out the rules for international Blind Cricket. The biggest problem for the game was what ball was to be used. Australia and New Zealand were using the woven nylon ball, the English used a small soccer ball with bells in it and bowled over arm and the sub continent counties used a solid plastic ball the same size as a cricket ball with ball bearings in it. The sub continental ball won out and it does help that it only takes a few dollars to produce and it is now the ball used internationally. The new game now is even closer to red ball cricket with double ended batting and larger ovals as the ball travels further off the bat. Totally blind batsman score double runs and there is now catching in the same sight division or lower as the batsman. A line is marked across the pitch at half way and the ball needs to bounce at least one either side of this line. When bowling the bowler must ask the batsman if he is ready prior to bowling and then say play prior to the ball being released. Although the game is strong in Australia, we are ranked 4th in the world behind the sub continent countries with a few factor which do hold us back, our population and also players in Pakistan are payed to play as they have no welfare system to rely on as our players in Australia do. There are three sight categories in blind cricket that are the same as all vision impaired sport regulations and they are as follows B1s Totally blind no sight but can have light perception B2s part sighters who see what we can see from 60 foot from only 6 foot B3s good part sighters who cover those who have tunnel vision or only a small lose of sight. Blind cricket just have very generous support in South Australia from Lords Taverners, The Primary Club, the Cricket Lovers and of course the SACA If you get a chance come out to Prince Alfred College on the 16th of March from 1 pm to watch the South Australian Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association take on the South Australian Blind Cricket Club. With thanks to our member, scorer Phil Penn, for this insightful article.