Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

League Bowled Bichel over PHANTOM CALL; after Laidley Footy Debut, Cricket Won the Day

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

League Bowled Bichel over PHANTOM CALL; after Laidley Footy Debut, Cricket Won the Day

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ANDY Bichel has been busy helping out ahead of his return to Ipswich for tonight's Ipswich Junior Rugby League Charity Flood Appeal match at the North Ipswich Reserve.

A week ago, former international cricketer Bichel was in New Zealand, playing in an earthquake relief charity match.

It didn't quite go the way Laidley-bred Bichel planned, however.

Asked if he was still capable of producing the goods, Bichel's reply was succinct.

C[pounds sterling]No,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]I was going for the batting but Jimmy (Maher) said I was batting at nine.C[yen]

Talking to the QT, Bichel reminisced about his debut game of A-grade league, for Laidley against Goodna at Richardson Park 20 years ago.

He didn't admit it but it may have been what persuaded him to focus on cricket instead of league.

C[pounds sterling]When you ran on to the field, they locked the gate behind you,C[yen] Bichel said.

C[pounds sterling]They designed my new-look haircut.

C[pounds sterling]I thanked them. The mullet had to go.C[yen]

Legends game special Co pages 4 and 5.

Umpire's run out

RESPECTED Ipswich cricket umpire Mark Dalgleish is pretty sharp when it comes to stats and issues.

But he's already thinking about a record that affects him personally.

Dalgleish will be out of Australia for three weeks later this month, missing the finals.

C[pounds sterling]It will be the first 1st Grade Final this century that I haven't stood in,C[yen] he declared.

Dalgleish has been secretary of the Ipswich Umpires' Association since 1999, except for one season when he went to Brisbane. He's officiated in 11 consecutive top grade grand finals, starting in the 1999-2000 season.

He still rates Limestone Park the best place to stage finals.

However, it's not cricket that is luring Dalgleish overseas.

C[pounds sterling]My girlfriend lives in the Netherlands and I'm going to visit her,C[yen] Dalgleish said.

The outgoing Ipswich umpire also contributed to the national Pink Stumps Day recently. He looked after the pink stumps for the match between Centrals and Strollers/Raiders at Mark Marsh Oval. …

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