KEEPING UP APPEARANCES: Veteran wicketkeeper batsman Bruce Baxter behind the stumps for South Services second grade on Saturday
KEEPING UP APPEARANCES: Veteran wicketkeeper batsman Bruce Baxter behind the stumps for South Services second grade on Saturday

Quick Singles

THE performance of the Harwood team in the minor semi-final should have the South camp worried leading into this weekend's premier league final.

Smarting from the controversial loss to GI Tucabia Copmanhurst the week before, Tim McMahon had his team primed to go when Brothers travelled down to Yamba Oval.

They were never in the hunt as the boys from the Hilton batted and bowled them out of the game.

- WESTLAWN'S finals ace Jason Chevalley came good again when it counted.

South players must be sick of the sight of the burly all-rounder, who over the years has cost them dearly in finals.

Saturday's wicket-taking burst probably equalled his famous boundary in the final over of 1998-99 final that put the nail in South's finals hopes that season.

-IN another echo of past deeds South's talented wicketkeeper batsman Matt Hartmann played a lone hand of 95no to give the team a whiff of victory.

In the 1997-98 major semi-final Mark Ellison scored his first century in first grade, only to see his team well beaten.

But South was able to turn the tables that season, beating Wes- tlawn in the final.

-IT has been a different story in CRCA second grade, where South Services came home with a wet sail to claim the minor premiership.

Trailing Westlawn and Coutts Crossing, which both had a bye during the two games at the weekend, South first beat Westlawn on Saturday and then Tucabia on Sunday.

The two wins as their major rivals stalled enabled them to sneak in, although there were some worrying moments.

- SOUTH'S second grade batsman Robbie Bell has been a trump card for his team, but he has not been played too often.

The figures are not out yet, in his limited appearances this year he has scored 124no, 54no and 51no.

None of the batsmen in the team is worrying too much about the bat- ting average trophy.

- BILL Wynn Senior has been run out in many different fashions, and his effort in a night game, funnily enough with the same batsman, Robbie Bell, will be hard to top.

But consider this.

Robbie is 49no and South has enough runs to secure the minor title.

Wynn, the stand-in skipper decided to call it a day, but he is made aware that Robbie is close to 50.

A wicket falls, and rather than leave his teammate stranded Bill bravely goes to the wicket carrying only a bat, wearing no pads.

Bell plays a ball behind square for what should be his 50th run, but he turns down the opportunity.

Scurrying to make his ground the luckless Bill is stranded. Out for duck without facing a ball.

- THE madness did not stop there.

Determined to get Robbie his 50, Bruce Baxter strode to wicket, barefoot and carrying a bat.

With only one ball left Robbie stroked a two for his half-century.

- THE Brett Lee publicity machine is in full swing as he attempts to get back into the Australian Test team.

Quick Singles is not so sure that it's a good thing to have a position so closely scrutinised before the se- lectors make a decision.

- LAST week ING Cup umpire Darren Goodger asked: Team B is batting second in a one day limited overs match. The team is 9 wickets down and the scores are level. A spin bowler is operating and he bowls a ball down the leg side. The batsman, in attempting to hit the ball, leaves his crease, and the 'keeper gloves the ball and breaks the wicket with the batsman out of his ground. The 'keeper appeals to the square leg umpire for a stumping. The delivery is called 'wide' by the umpire at the bowler's end. What is the decision?

The answer is: The batsman is not out stumped. The match is over upon the call of 'wide' by the bowler's end umpire and the team batting second wins by one wicket.

For next week Darren asks: The batsman hits the ball down to the long on boundary where the fielder in the process of catching the ball, overbalances and falls over the boundary. But while in the field of play, he throws the ball in the air before leaving the groud. The fielder then recovers his balance and returns to the field of play and completes the catch. He appeals for the dismissal. What is your decision?

In Black and White is brought to you with the compliments of the NSW Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association, local contact Paul McEr- lean 66423815.

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