Cricket is a game full of forlorn hopes and sudden dramatic changes of fortune and its rules are so ill-defined that their interpretation is partly an ethical business. (George Orwell)
I am a qualified cricket umpire with nine years’ experience standing in a Saturday league somewhere in England. I’m secret because umpiring is not about me and nor is the blog. Both are about how to ensure a match is well umpired and to make cricket more of an appealing sport for men, women and children.
I have collected a rich vault of anecdotes, discussions and experiences on the squares and in pavilion bars to try and give an insight into the dynamics of league cricket. I am not hiding behind my anonymity to make disparaging remarks about players and club officials who have given me a hard time over the years (regretfully, there have been a few). On the contrary, you will see how much respect I have for everyone involved in cricket and this will be a self-deprecating writing experience as I look in some depth at how and why I came to make bad (and good) decisions. Through my descriptive canvas I aim to give a voice to the thousands of aficionados who play league cricket, along with an insight into the grassroots game for those who do not. I want to exploit my best view in the house to share the secrets of our glorious game with cricket lovers around the world.
Your feedback (positive and negative) is most welcome.