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Former umpire dies in Jamaica

Man in charge: Ronald O’Hara was one of the umpires at Wellington Oval when Courtney Walsh played for a West Indian Select XI against St George’s to mark the West Indian Association’s 25th anniversary.

The Bermuda Cricket Umpires Association lost one of its former members this week with the passing of Ronald O’Hara in his native Jamaica on Tuesday after a lengthy illness.

O’Hara, in his late 70s, retired to Jamaica several years ago after living in Bermuda for close to 40 years, working as a painter.

“He umpired for about 15 years in Bermuda and did all the league games, Western and Central Counties,” Randy Butler, a former umpire, said. “I knew he wasn’t in the best of health, I always called him a couple of times a year, so we kept in contact.”

Butler also remembered O’Hara umpiring the game at Wellington Oval in 2002 when Courtney Walsh played for the West Indian Select XI against St George’s.

The match was in celebration of the West Indian Association’s 25th anniversary and Walsh was in Bermuda as a guest of the West Indian Association.

“He [O’Hara] also did first class matches in Jamaica,” Butler said. “When he went back on holiday, Johnny Gayle, president of the Jamaica Umpires Association and secretary of the West Indies Umpires Association, would put him in a match.

“Johnny always had a high regard for Bermuda umpires.”

n Dean Stephens has been named as this week’s Logic Premier Division player of the week.

The Willow Cuts player was instrumental in his side’s vital eight-wicket win over Flatts this past weekend.

Victory secured Cuts’ top flight status for a week, and put them into today’s promotion-relegation game against Devonshire Rec at Sea Breeze Oval.

Stephens took 5 for 33 as Flatts were bowled out for 109 at Somerset Cricket Club, with Willow Cuts then reaching their target with plenty of overs to spare.