Thursday 13 August 2015


Nothing causes young and inexperienced umpires more anxiety than having to rule on leg-before-wicket appeals. This is the one method of dismissal that causes the most potential for conflict between teams in junior cricket. You will have observed through television replays of how many times international umpires get these decisions wrong. 

For example, in giving some incorrect “out” decisions they fail to notice that the ball would have bounced over the stumps, or that the ball pitched just outside the line of the leg stump, or that the batter edged the ball on to his pads, and so forth. Your job, however, is in many ways much easier as your decisions will not be subjected to replay analysis.

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