Inland cricket to hold courses for umpires and scorers in PMB

2008-09-11 00:00

AFTER last week’s disappointing National Club Championships qualifier against fellow associate province league champions George, the Maritzburg Varsity first XI need to come back with a bang tomorrow.

The eight-wicket thrashing at the hands of George will be written off as one of those shockers that befalls every team should the Varsity side pull off a win in a day/night affair against Pretoria High School Old Boys (PHSOB) at the Varsity Oval.

The 3 pm start against PHSOB, a strong club side that won SA Club Champs two years in a row (2004 and 2005) signals a return to fond memories for Varsity coach and captain Garry Hampson.

He played for PHSOB from 2000 until 2005 and captained the side for the 2004/05 season. PHSOB play Midlands in a 20/20 game at Eston this afternoon.

Hampson was the lone Varsity player who put his hand up against George, with 52 from 43 balls, as no one else got over 20. The Varsity bowling was reportedly even more abysmal and, in this area alone, there is much work ahead.

Meanwhile, the Maritzburg team to play Ilembe (Stanger region) in the inter-district challenge series on Sunday at Varsity Oval will be announced today, as several players have just arrived back from England. The match starts at 9 am.

In a request from the Maritzburg Cricket Association (MCA) through Hampson, the manager of playing affairs will be co-ordinating umpiring and scoring courses in the next few weeks, as there is a drastic shortage of both umpires and scorers.

“We are looking for ex-cricketers/umpires keen to put something back into the game, retired gentlemen as well as new people to be trained and used in both the school and club leagues.

“With the revitalising of the Inland Union, now is a good time for people to get involved again,” Hampson said.

To join the courses or to umpire, interested parties are invited to call the office at 033 345 2791 or Cora Tedder at 082 573 2149.

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