Umpires made ‘correct call’ with penalty points
The Bermuda Cricket Umpires Association has responded to concerns raised by St George's over the officiating during their defeat to Southampton Rangers at Wellington Oval.
Rangers won the Premier Division Twenty20 match on August 2 by six runs.
However, in a letter to Oscar Andrade, the BCUA president, St George's coach Wendell Smith claimed that Rangers should have been penalised six penalty runs for a slow over rate, a fate his team suffered in the first innings, which would have resulted in a tie and each team being awarded five points
“While St George's took 20 minutes to bowl their 20 overs, Rangers took 26 minutes more than their allocated time, to complete the same amount of overs,” Smith wrote. “Yet their penalty runs against them or rather for St George's was zero.”
However, upon review of the match, the BCUA have determined that the two umpires made the “correct” call.
“The two umpires that do the game, it's at their discretion and their management of the game to keep track of allowances and act according,” Andrade said.
“The points and things to do with the match are for the Cricket Board to assess and deal with. From the two umpires that were at the field point of view that game ended and the scores were verified as being correct and that's the result of that game.”
Steven Douglas, the BCB chairman, confirmed that the original result has been upheld.
“The result on the day stands,” he said.
Meanwhile, Andrade has disputed some of the claims Smith made in his letter that was copied to Calvin Blankendal, the BCB executive director.
“I don't want to really get into the technicalities of it, but some of the things that Wendell stated in that letter are actually not right in terms of time calculations and when the last over has to finish,” Andrade said.
“We've got guidelines for umpires for calculating allowances and how to keep track of allowances, informing the captain etc. We've reinforced that the last couple Tuesday night meetings and gone over various things to do with this particular regulation.”
Andrade added: “Normally in international matches there would be a third umpire and/or a fourth umpire actually keeping track of any these allowances that happen during the match for fielding teams.
“Obviously in Bermuda we don't have that going on in normal league games; we've only got the two on-field umpires.
“While the innings is in progress they usually tell the captain whether they are ahead or behind the over rate. It's up the captain to manage his bowlers.”
Penalty runs for slow over rate apply in both T20 and 50-over formats and were implemented to “try and speed up the game”.
Andrade added: “What we are seeing is that teams are bowling a lot of extra balls ... upwards of 12, 14, 15 extras balls in an innings. For a T20, that's an extra two overs so trying to find time to get those extra two overs where you're only really allowed 85 to 90 minutes is tough going.”