Quick singles

THE decision of CRCA delegates to overturn the decision to strip four points from the Brothers first grade team for not covering the wicket in a game before Christmas was not surprising.

However, the decision while a win for Brothers, is a loss for the administration of the sport.

All clubs agreed to the rule at the start of the season and the reason behind the rule was to lessen the impact of wet weather on games.

Yet the reason for the appeal was that the game went ahead on a wet wicket, with no time lost.

It doesn't gel with Quick Singles. The spirit of the law, which all clubs agreed to, was broken and the appropriate penalty applied.

The only consolation is that the publicity over the saga should lead to the the rule being tightened further to remove as many loopholes as possible.

nTHE first of the Over-40s carnivals of cricket at Sawtell on Sunday was everything organisers planned it to be.

All four teams ? CRCA, LCCA, Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Bellingen ? came together for a day of cricket played in the best traditions of the game.

As usual things did not go entirely to plan.

CRCA was drawn to play Coffs Harbour, and the Gropers to play Nambucca, but that was too easy.

By the time coins had been tossed, CRCA and Nambucca and Lower and Coffs were the match-

ups.

nQUICK Singles wants to pass on a word of thanks to several members of the CRCA Over-40s.

Rick Bender, David Morgan and Bill Wynn all provided invaluable help in tracking down players prepared to make the trek to Sawtell for the game.

All the players that made the trip can rest assured they will be the first ones picked for the final game of the season at Grafton on February 27.

nAND by the way, CRCA, playing with 10, managed to beat a gallant Nambucca Bellingen team able to field only seven players.

Dave 'Melon' Morgan topscored for CRCA with a patient ? some would say too patient ? 40 and Bill Wynn rattled up a brisk 30 chasing the Nambucca tally of 147.

Bruce Baxter kept wicket for CRCA, opened the batting with a dashing 22, fielded for the opposition and then in a truly iron-willed display, stuck to the soft-drink as he fulfilled his offer to be the designated driver.

He broke his duck back in Grafton when the team dropped into a local watering hole for a final ale (or two).

nQUICK Singles is pleased that the Australian team recognises the need to improve the over rates in one-day and Test cricket.

People say over rates declined in the 1970s when fast bowling began to dominate the game, but the practice is far older than that.

In both the Bodyline series and the English teams of the 1950s, team management recognised that reducing the number of balls bowled to the batsmen would increase the pressure on them to score runs.

That pressure, allied to some dodgy field settings and pretty hot bowling talent in players such as Harold Larwood, Bill Voce and Bill Bowes (Bodyline) and Fred Trueman, Frank Tyson and Brian Statham (1950s), got results, but wasn't pretty.

Australian cricket teams have largely ignored such negative tactics and the present players are continuing a fine tradition of playing positive cricket.

nQUICK Singles' bold prediction that Sydney University batsman Ed Cowan would get a game for NSW this season has come to pass, but I certainly didn't expect to see him on the field for Australia.

Apparently he turned up at the SCG to catch some play in the Test against Pakistan, when an official collared him.

"Have you had a beer yet?" the discussion started.

"No," was the reply.

"Get your whites on, we'll need you to field."

Our Ed couldn't believe his luck.

It was just like the kid who goes to watch the grown-ups hoping you get a game, but on a slightly larger scale.

In Black and White

LAST week ING Cup umpire Darren Goodger asked: Determined to get an outright result, a captain, on winning the toss, immediately forfeits his first innings. The opposing captain does the same. All this happens before play commences. Are these actions permitted? If so, why?

The answer is: Yes. The umpires should allow both forfeitures and proceed with the match. The captain of the batting side may forfeit either of his side's innings at any time during the match when the ball is 'dead'. Forfeiture of an innings can occur at any time after the toss for choice of innings has been made. The Laws define 'During the Match' as at any time after the toss until the conclusion of the match, whether play is in progress or not.

For next week Darren asks: If a captain is not available during the period in which the toss for innings must take place, who is allowed to make the toss and what else must this person do prior to the actual toss?

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



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