St George’s file complaint about defeat to Rangers
St George’s Cricket Club have submitted a written complaint to local cricket authorities over the officiating of their August 2 game against Southampton Rangers at Wellington Oval.
Replying to Rangers’ 149 runs for the loss of six wickets, St George’s required 11 off the final over but ultimately came up short, losing by six runs.
However, Wendell Smith, the St George’s coach, believes Rangers should have been penalised six penalty runs for a slow over rate, a fate his team suffered in the first innings, which would have resulted in a tie and each team being awarded five points.
In a letter addressed to Oscar Andrade, the Bermuda Cricket Umpires Association president, and copied to Calvin Blankendal, the Bermuda Cricket Board executive director, Smith wrote: “For the first time in my 46 years of involvement in cricket, I was left at the end of a match not knowing which team had actually won the game that had just concluded.
“Yes, that sounds farfetched, but truth be told, the decision was going to be based on the umpires of the game and how many penalty runs they were going to issue against the team that bowled second.
“St George’s, who bowled first, were told that because they bowled their allotted 20 overs, 20 minutes past the 1 hour and 25 minutes slated, for the 20 overs, that they, Rangers, would be gifted six additional runs. We were asked if that was OK and our captain Onias Bascome stated in no uncertain terms that ‘No, it is not OK’ as we had to replace five balls that were hit over the southern boundary wall.
“In addition to this, the Rangers captain, Dion Stovell, sustained an injury in the third over that left him unable to stand on his leg after two attempts to stand up and in fact took over four minutes before the pain subsided and he was able to continue on batting.
“Fast forward and while St George’s took 20 minutes to bowl their 20 overs, Rangers took 26 minutes more than their allocated time, to complete the same amount of overs, 20.
“Yet their penalty runs against them or rather for St George’s’s was Zero.”
Smith added: “Sir, I am cognizant of the fact that in fact six runs were supposed to be credited for every whole over that has not been bowled by the scheduled cessation time, but obviously the umpire in question took into consideration the circumstances of lost balls.
“Factual information that he should have also considered in his deliberations included: Dion Stovell pausing during his team’s bowling innings to ask for and analyse, the umpire’s sheet that documents how many overs each bowler has delivered, pausing to conference prior to the sixteenth over to discuss with team-mates who should bowl that particular over, and being thrown a replacement ball, and in turn rolling it back off the field to request a different one that met his satisfaction more favourably.”
The Bermuda Cricket Umpires Association and Bermuda Cricket Board were unavailable for comment at press time last night.
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