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Split second calls by umpires not always perfect

The weather again disrupted fixtures with both Mildenhall and Long Melford rained off. There were victories for Sudbury, Worlington, Exning and Lakenheath, but defeats for Hadleigh, Halstead and Haverhill.

Sudbury comprehensively beat Hadleigh for the second time this season, winning by 143 runs. Sudbury 253-4, newly-wed Darren Batch 88 not out, Hadleigh 110, Marlon Dias 27, Batch 2-11. Obviously an early night for Darren after his wedding the day before!

This Saturday Sudbury entertain Halstead and Hadleigh are away at Mildenhall.

Worlington got back to winning ways, beating Maldon by nine wickets. Maldon 183, Craig Woollard 4-40, Worlington 184-1, Jimmy Watson 92 no, Richard Ford 74no. Next up is a trip to Wivenhoe.

Halstead welcomed Witham to Star Stile and the visitors went off with the spoils, winning by 66 runs.

Witham 268-4, Dylan Verreynne 2-45, Halstead 202-8, Charlie Douglas-Hughes 57. A trip to Sudbury is next on the agenda.

Lakenheath kept up their winning run, beating promotion hopefuls Haverhill by 10 runs. Lakenheath 135, Shane Leech 37, Ben Wilkins 5-16. Haverhill 125, Adam Dellar 50, Tom Dupe 4-18, Sam Bowers 4-35.

Lakenheath are at home to Braintree while Haverhill travel to Long Melford.

Finally, Exning beat Sudbury II by nine wickets. Sudbury 188-6 Jon Phillips 53, Ollie Lawson 3-48, Exning 190-1, Daniel Baigent 82.

Exning are next at home to Mildenhall II and Sudbury home to Copford.

Now you know I like my food and for the first time ever I had cold fried egg and bacon sandwiches as part of a cricket tea at Haverhill. Not really sure I want them again.

I spoke last week about players’ respect for umpires and this was called into question in the game between Haverhill and Lakenheath.

As an umpire I know I am not perfect, I make mistakes, hopefully not too many, and on this occasion I made a decision which the fielding side disagreed with.

For a few minutes, respect for me went out of the window, and it was only when threatened with disciplinary action did things quieten down.

One senior player came up to me and apologised there and then and said it was not acceptable.

There were no further incidents. After the game the captain sat with me and discussed the situation, we both saw each other’s point-of-view; that it happened in the heat of the moment, and his apology was accepted.

The wicketkeeper and other players also came up and apologised.

I may well have made a mistake, we don’t have the benefit of slow motion replays from all angles, we have to make a decision in a split second, and yes, we are human, we get some wrong, but no amount of moaning and groaning will get the decision changed.

My point in all of this is that we were able to sit down and discuss the situation in a reasonable manner and I would like to think that mutual respect was restored.

I would be interested to hear from anyone involved in the game for their thoughts.

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