Cricket World Cup encounter at the Bay Oval

Sideline Sid
Sports correspondent & historian

When Sideline Sid left home last Wednesday to catch the West Indies verses South Africa Under 19 Cricket World Cup encounter at the Bay Oval - he had no idea that he would witness an incident that would reverberate around the cricket world. 

What looked to start out as a quiet chat between the two umpires, finished as an incident that provoked widespread condemnation, after the West Indies used a technicality to dismiss a South African batsman?  

Jiveshan Pillay, who was starting to dominate his teams batting attack, picked up the ball that lay on the ground near the stumps and threw it to the Windies keeper.

The West Indies captain then appealed to the umpires, saying that the ball was still live and Pillay was eventually given out, under the rule of obstructing the field. 

A chat with a mate, who is a long experienced cricket umpire, said that when the Windies captain appealed, the umpire has no choice but to give the batsman out.

The howls of protest amongst the cricket community around the world said while, the decision was technically correct, it was against the spirit of the game. 

Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its laws, but also within the spirit of the game.

Any action which is seen to abuse the spirit, causes injury to the game itself. 

My cricket umpire mate said, that the umpires are responsible for upholding the laws of the game with the respective captains on the field responsible for the spirit of the game.

The preamble to the Laws of the Game state that the captains are responsible at all times, for ensuring play is conducted within the spirit of the game as well as within the Laws. 

The Spirit of the Game states, it is against the spirit, to indulge in sharp practices to appeal knowing that the batsman is not out. 

An acceptable outcome would have been for the West Indies captain to have withdrawn his appeal, after a chat with the on-field adjudicators.  

At the other end of the cricket spectrum from the Under 19 Cricket World Cup, is the NZ Cricket Hawke Cup, which dates back some eleven decades.

In 1910 Lord Hawke donated a challenge cup for competition amongst New Zealand minor cricket associations.

The first match in December 1910, resulted in victory, to Manawatu over Waiarapa. The first Hawke Cup holders, decided in the final match of the 191/11 season, were Southland. 

Bay of Plenty who are the current holders of the NZC minor association big prize, will put in on the line at the Te Puke Domain, against Counties Manukau this weekend. 

Since Bay of Plenty played their first Hawke Cup Direct Challenge against South Auckland in 1932, they have won or defended the prestigious trophy 15 times from 32 Hawke Cup Direct Challenge matches. 

Since 2013, the Bay boys have had a huge say in the fate of the long-time cricket trophy, winning ten encounters including a current five game winning streak.  


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