Two umpires ... 140 years

By PAUL ATTEWELL

sport@northernstar.com.au

LISMORE District Cricket Association secretary and local umpire Norman Ryder reckons this might be some sort of record.

Ryder stood with visiting Adelaide umpire David Parsons on the first day of the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League match between Marist Brothers and Workers at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore.

Combined age of the umpires? 140 years.

Ryder is 67 and Parsons is 73.

Parsons was in Lismore for the Australian Marist Carnival, which he attends each year.

Norm, we reckon you might be right, it probably is a record.

Now, about that seeing eye dog ...

Unprotected

NEVER in his wildest dreams did Brendan Drew imagine he'd cause so much laughter on his first-class debut for Tasmania against South Australia at Bellerive Oval in Hobart last week.

Three balls into his first innings, the former Alstonville fast bowler was forced to leave the field to retrieve his protector.

The scorers were told to allow two minutes for the missing equipment, prompting the inevitable 'one minute for each' comment.

"He was pretty nervous," coach Tim Coyle said. "To forget your protector you'd have to be."

The 22-year-old finished on 15 not out, but like the rest of the Tasmanian bowling attack he struggled with the ball, returning figures of 2-118 from 27 overs in SA's massive total of 638.

But it wasn't the most embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in the Tigers' history.

Veteran batsman Jamie Cox made it half-way to the pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground a decade ago before realising he had forgotten his bat.

4 from 4 x 2

HAT-TRICKS are rare enough, but twice in as many weeks this month Marist Brothers bowlers have taken four wickets with consecutive deliveries in Lismore cricket.

Nick DeGiusti did it for Brothers White Under-12s against Evans Head at St John's College, Woodlawn.

All were bowled middle stump!

At the time Evans Head were 0-90. It made for an unusual scorecard: The first four batsmen all retired at 20; the next five were out for ducks.

There's not too many times four wickets in four balls happens in senior cricket.

But Mitchell Flower managed it for Brothers Gold against Norths in LDCA fifth grade on Saturday.

The 17-year-old also did it all himself, bowling three of his victims and getting the other one caught and bowled.

He finished with 6-16 as Brothers (2-69) defeated Norths (63) at Rec10.

Not bad for a bloke who hasn't played much cricket, a soccer player filling in with some mates.

Active lull

THERE will be a two-week lull in local club cricket over Christmas/New Year, but there's still plenty happening.

Tweed will head to Dubbo on Boxing Day for the SCG Trust NSW Country Cup play-offs after getting the better of Lismore in their third-round match at Oakes Oval last month.

While they're on the bus, most of the rest of us will be in front of the TV watching the Boxing Day Test from the MCG, probably with the odd cold one to keep the thirst at bay.

Early in January the focus turns to the two junior carnivals hosted by Ballina and Lismore.

The LJ Hooker Ballina Under-13 carnival will run from Monday to Friday, January 2 to 6, while the Lismore Workers Club Under-12 carnival will run from Tuesday to Friday, January 3 to 6.

Umpires' co-ordinator Greg Smith said umpires interested in standing in games in the Ballina carnival could still contact him on 66860857.

On the hops

THERE still seems to be some confusion about how many times a ball can bounce and remain a legal delivery.

It's a situation that often occurs in younger junior age divisions.

Only a delivery that bounces 'more than twice' before it passes the stumps at the striker's end is to be called a no-ball.

That's the law of cricket, junior or senior.

Twice is all right; three times or more is a no-ball.

Double duty

TEST umpire Billy Doctrove is a former leading soccer referee.

Born in Dominica, Doctrove is a huge fan of Liverpool Football Club.

He retired from soccer refereeing in 1997 to concentrate on cricket after a career that included a World Cup qualifying match between Guyana and Grenada in 1996.



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