Hello. Well it was my first stint of indoor umpiring in my local league for a few years. I was a little nervous and apprehensive, but once I was behind those stumps, all the focus and concentration that I’ve built up over 32 years came into play.
As it happened, it was a fairly easy morning for all three of us. All the games were fairly one sided and incident free, and I had two of my trusted colleagues with me today, who I’ve known for a long time. That helps build up a rapport and trust, and the players respect and understand that.
The only difficulty I had was using a metallic ball counter that I purchased at great cost earlier in the week. Halfway during the first match, it disintegrated, leaving me clutching various pieces of loose metal. Luckily my colleague had a spare one, so problem solved.
Decisions wise? One leg before wicket decision, which was made easier by the batsman tucking has bat under his arm, knowing he was out. I just completed the formalities. In fact, I felt calm and composed and was enjoying the banter with the players. If only it was like that all the time!!
So a decent return. Onto the next session next weekend and a chance to do well again. And no need to feel nervous and apprehensive!!