Umpire situation becomes dire

WHERE have all of the umpires gone?

Brock Harm, the President of the Lockyer Cricket Association (LCA), said the problem had become so alarming that only three umpires were officiating in matches this season.

“We are trying to help out the umpire association as much as we can,” he said.

“As an association we have decided to put some more money on the table for umpires to attempt to attract more umpires as the situation has become dire.”

Previously an umpire collected $80 for an afternoon of umpiring, collecting $40 from each side.

Rather than increasing the price for players, the LCA has agreed to chip in another $20 to bring the total to $100 for a game of cricket.

Mark Vetter, Trent Harm and Kev Neumann are the three umpires in the association at present, but with 10 matches of cricket each weekend; this isn’t even enough to cover A Grade and Reserve Grade.

“We are aiming to get 10 or more umpires as that would mean that every game, every week, had at least one umpire,” he said.

“If we get more than 10, then A Grade might be able to get two umpires. Or with a less of a burden, umpires could take the occasional week off.

“It seems that the main feedback we are getting from umpires who used to umpire is that they do not want to comeback as they have been treated very poorly by the players in the past. I think that this issue is a thing of the past as most games are now played in good spirits and there are not as many issues arising out of games as there used to.

“I also feel that if we had umpires at all the games there would not be as much confusion in relation to the interpretation of the rules that have gone on in past seasons.”

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