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How well do you know "your" game?
In advance of the upcoming NIACUS Level 1 umpiring course in March, Alan Neil has prepared some umpiring teasers to test your knowledge of cricket:
Simple Scenarios that you may encounter throughout the season either on a Friday night during a boys match or as a stand in umpire on a Saturday/Sunday.
I hope you tested yourself honestly and recorded your answers, so you can compare them with the answers below.
(1) The striker plays no shot to a fair delivery, which brushes off his pads. Both batsmen run and complete one run comfortably and turn and set off for a second which they also complete.
(2) The batsmen complete one run and almost cross on the second as a throw comes in and goes to the boundary for four. The batsmen complete three runs before the ball crosses the boundary.
(3) A young fast bowler delivers a full slow delivery (beamer) to a batsman at the crease who intercepts the ball just above the waist and hits it into the outfield where he is caught.
(4) The same bowler delivers a fast full delivery (beamer) and the batsman charges him. He intercepts it just above waist height and again is caught.
(5) A fast bowler delivers a beamer (accidentally with a wet ball) which arrives just above waist height of the batsman standing at the crease.
(6) The striker hits the ball in the air and just before being caught the non-striker shouts loudly and distracts the fielder who drops the chance.
(7) A fair delivery hits the striker (without touching bat or gloves) on the pads directly in front of the stumps. The delivery then deflects onto the gloves and is caught by the keeper. An appeal comes from the bowler.
(8) A bowler delivers the ball from well behind you (ie. 25yds).
(9) The first team is 129 all out. The second team is 129 for 9 when the last delivery is bowled which is called a wide and the batsman is stumped.
(10) A bowlers front foot lands half and half on the front line but it slides past the line before he releases the ball.
(11) You miscount the number of balls in the over and allow seven to be bowled. The first six are valid but the seventh is a No ball. You realise your mistake.
(12) Which of the following dismissals "CANNOT "occur of a wide?
I hope you have enjoyed the little exercise and your answers match those given above.
Why not use this exercise as a stepping stone to develop your knowledge of our game, and grasp the opportunity which is available on the 18th-20th March (NIACUS Level 1 umpiring course). It will assist parents, teachers, coaches and prospective umpires to develop their knowledge of the game and become better equipped to educate those we come in contact with.
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