First match umpiring today since last July, so you could say I’m out of practice, and it showed!
Because of the absence in officiating any kind of cricket, I had a little difficulty picking up the sounds and such like in deciding catches behind or leg before wicket decisions. Everything else was ok. And no, my eyes and ears are in perfect working order. It’s just the lack of match sharpness that saw a couple of iffy decisions from me, shall we say.
Ok, I didn’t worry about it too much as it was only a friendly, and it’s only a game. But I’ve always wanted to be the umpire that makes very few mistakes and build a reputation around that. But we live in an imperfect world and I make errors as much as the next man. Indeed, umpires at the highest level of Test cricket make errors so there you go.
Also, it offends my personal pride if I don’t turn in a good performance. But everybody seemed ok with things and it was a nice, pleasant Sunday afternoon in the sunshine and with no hassle from the players. I don’t want to make a habit of making mistakes in future games as people will then start to talk. I don’t think a decline is very likely, but I have to improve in that decision making process. I hate letting myself down in front of others who expect me to be a good official.
Still, another game on Saturday to put it right!