Umpiring quartet to make cricket history
Four of Bermuda's umpires will make cricket history when the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 Tournament starts next weekend in Bermuda.
Roger Dill, Stephen Douglas, Richard Austin and Kent Gibbons have been selected to officiate in the matches, which is the first time in seven years, over 19 different tournaments, that four umpires from the same country have stood together at one tournament.
Dill and Douglas will stand as umpires on the field — but not in matches involving the Bermuda team — while Austin and Gibbons have been appointed as reserve (third) umpires.
The quartet's selection, an achievement that no other country has ever come close to matching, highlights the continued international quality of members of the Bermuda Cricket Umpires Association.
BCB President Lloyd Fray expressed delight at the historical achievement, and was quick to praise the group's high standard of umpiring.
"On behalf of the board, I am delighted that four of our local umpires have been selected to officiate during the World Cricket League to be hosted in Bermuda,” said the President.
"I would like to congratulate Roger, Steven, Richard and Kent for this outstanding achievement. All four of these gentlemen have officiated on the international stage and it is their high standard of umpiring that have given them the opportunity to be selected for this event."
BCUA President Walisfort Manders added: "The trust that the ICC has placed in our local umpires indicates that our umpiring product continues to be of superlative standard. Our investment in training and development is justly reaping the returns and we look forward to the ICC’s support in these endeavours in the future."
Bermuda will host the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 from April 28 to May 6 with three matches played on each day. Teams joining Bermuda in the six team, round robin tournament are Oman, Italy, Nepal, USA and Uganda. Matches will be held at the National Sports Centre, St. David’s Cricket Club and Somerset Cricket Club.
Sunday, April 28:
Bermuda v Uganda
(NSC); Italy v Oman (St. David’s); Nepal v USA (Somerset)
Monday, April 29: Italy v USA (NSC);
Bermuda v Oman
(St. David’s); Nepal v Uganda (Somerset)
Tuesday, April 30: Rest/reserve day
Wednesday, May 1: Uganda v Italy (NSC);
Bermuda v Nepal (St. David’s); Oman v USA (Somerset)
Thursday, May 2: Nepal v Oman (NSC); USA v Uganda (St. David’s);
Bermuda v Italy (Somerset)
Friday, May 3: Rest/reserve day
Saturday, May 4:
Bermuda v USA (NSC); Nepal v Italy (St. David’s); Uganda v Oman (Somerset).
Sunday, May 5: Final (NSC); Third v Fourth place playoff (St. David’s); Fifth v Sixth playoff (Somerset).
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