International cricket has arrived in Townsville once again. Matches including two one day limited overs are presently being played followed by a three day match. All matches are being played at Tony Ireland Stadium, which was recently given the approval by ICC representatives. Test matches may be on the horizon for Townsville.
Points of interest to the Townsville Cricket community are the new scoreboard with graphics which allows ease of viewing. No replays at the moment, but sure to come with international test matches.
The current matches will bring a smile to umpires faces and traditional cricketers with a scene not too regular at matches: That is both the fielding and batting team being on field and ready to play five minutes before the offical call of play by officials. Congratulations to PNG and Hong Kong players, keen to play cricket and in the spirit of the game. A sight for sore eyes. Maybe our local boys could take a leaf out of their book.
Meeting is set down for 9.00am Sunday for all 2014/15 season umpires. TCI Senior Chair has advised that the playing conditions will be on the Townsville Cricket Website prior, so please ensure that you download and bring a copy with you together with your notebooks. The meeting is to ensure all umpires understand the playing conditions for all grades, refresher on Laws and opportunity to discuss any items for clarity. Consistency is the season catch phrase.
New association Shirts are being ordered by the Secretary. Should you require another on field shirt (White, Blue or Grey) then please ensure you make the request early.
Welcome to aspiring new umpires Ian Hanson and John Baldwin, who have undertaken their theory training, and had the opportunity to officiate a preseason match to date. Both will be at the meeting so please introduce yourself.
Townsville welcomes the Touring Team of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Assoc from India. Begining their tour in Cairns Madhya Pradesh CA Team arrived in Townsville on Tuesday. In Cairns they achieved success and have continued with their winning way successfully defending a 238 score against Nth Qld Cricket Open team today at Endeavour Park No 1 oval in a one day 50 over match. Tomorrow a three day match will commence allowing the Nth Queensland team an opportunity to showcase there talent albiet having little match fitness given the time of the year and the regular season commencing in September. Some flashes of brillance from both teams today with the ball and bat. Take a look at our gallery for some images. Further updates to follow. Pictured are Umpires - Nigel Woods and Murray Hobbs at the toss with the captains.
The three day match commenced on Friday the 22nd August. MDCA won the toss and elected to bat scoring 226 runs, with NQCA in their first innings in reply attaining 200.
On day two MDCA were 100 for 3 an overall lead of 126 with one day to play. Will a declaration be made in an attempt to win outright?
Changes to the MCC Laws of Cricket came into effect as of the 1st October 2013 (2000 Code 5th Edition) New training videos have been released which assist umpires to effectively understand the changes and by reading in conjunction with the laws assist in a clear and consie way. The video links are included on our training page and are being utilised in our training delivery for existing and new umpires. Take a look now.
TCUA AGM was held on the 2nd July.
Peter Harding continues on as President, however will be on holidays in WA until early December. In his absence the following executive will be happy to discuss any points or provide updates at monthly meetings:
Secretary: Nigel Woods, Treasurer: Murray Hobbs and Vice President: John Dighton.
Dates of Note:
7th July - TCI Senior Sub committee meeting which will disclose season commencement dates and updates on men's and women's cricket.
7th August: A Series: at Tony Ireland Stadium - Australia A verses South Africa A
21st August: India A touring side to play NQCA open team at Endeavour Park.
Training for new/exisitng umpires commenses in August (preliminary dates are 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th August - 9am -12am Endeavour Park) Contact Greg Hamblin on 0419665184.