Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

The Umpire Strikes Back

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

The Umpire Strikes Back

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THIS current Test series against the West Indies has brought up the issue of the video referral system.

This system now means that it is everyone's right to question umpire's decisions as it seems the game at the elite level is quickly turning into a case of man v referral

What a great thing the ICC have done by bringing in modern technology to effect just about all judgments made by those poor souls called umpires - not.

The poor blokes are left in the middle now hoping like anything that their so-called right decision is deemed correct by the video in the stand also known as the third umpire.

I do agree that using the third umpire for stumpings and run outs is a good idea but I do not like how batsmen and bowlers can question decisions if they are not happy. Call me old fashioned but I believe in going by what the judge says.

Do they have the third umpire make decisions in all international cricket?

The answer is no. Not even in all test matches.

At the moment it's up to the different Test playing nations whether they wish to the video referral system or not. What a joke.

Twenty20 update

AFTER Wednesday night's thriller between Sawtell and Dorrigo, the midweek Twenty20 comp goes into holiday mode for a two week period where captains can spend some time trying to get their head around the best way to take advantage of the junior player rules that have been introduced.

When the comp does resume on January 6, Diggers Ex-Services will be

facing PBBC Colts.

A good break for Christmas

AFTER this weekend's Saturday and Sunday games in first grade, the boys in the top grade will have three straight weekends where they can put their feet up and relax before they resume on January 16.

Players in the lower grades will only play a one-day game tomorrow but they will return to the fields a week earlier when they play in one-day fixtures on January 9. …

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