Brothers under 10’s batsman Declan Buckley puts bat to ball as Norths wicketkeeper Zac Laybutt waits for a loose ball.
Brothers under 10’s batsman Declan Buckley puts bat to ball as Norths wicketkeeper Zac Laybutt waits for a loose ball. Max Fleet

No place for bad sportsmanship

SENIOR players from all clubs have been requested by the Bundaberg Cricket Association (BCA) to sign a Code of Conduct before playing in premiership games this season.

But while this should be a mandatory part of our game, policing player behaviour will continue to be an unfortunate problem.

Again, is it any wonder when we see inappropriate behaviour at the highest level of the game.

That aside, there is absolutely no excuse for players to carry on like spoilt children when they consider the umpire has erred – suck it up and get on with it.

The world will continue to exist despite your opinion.

If the umpire makes a decision, then that is what we all must play by, whoever you are.

Sometimes it’s a tough call, especially in close matches, but that is the nature of the game and clubs and team captains have the responsibility to ensure the spirit of the game is upheld.

An unfortunate incident involving a senior player in a game down at Kendalls Flats last Saturday was inexcusable.

When given out, the player remonstrated as he left the field of play and proceeded to hurl his bat some 40 metres which landed in the car park and narrowly missed some parents watching an under-12 game nearby.

The consequence if a junior player had been standing in the path of the bat is unthinkable, as could have been the damage to someone’s vehicle.

The other tragedy for the game here is kids witnessed it and that is not acceptable.

It is necessary the BCA must schedule games at the junior complex when children are playing, so senior players and their captains need to be even more vigilant of their conduct and behaviour.

The BCA wants to hold a Level 1 umpires course in the near future and this is a great opportunity for parents of junior players and interested senior players, especially representative players.

Let your club officials know you are interested.

The Bundaberg Veterans Cricket Club will be back in full swing now all the tourists have returned from their jaunt to the north of England.

On the weekend of October 23 and 24, the Wide Bay Junior Cricket selection trials will be held in Bundaberg.

The Vets will be catering on Saturday evening and Sunday morning for the trialling players.

The Bundy Vets provide funds to junior cricket in Bundaberg in various forms throughout the year and provide other contributions like barbecues at the trials.

The Over-40s cricket calendar is becoming a busy time during the off season, especially for games away.

If you are over 40 and would prefer to play the game in a more relaxed atmosphere while enjoying a rejuvenating beverage, come along to our meeting at 7.30 tonight at the Globe Hotel in Perry Street (over North Street).



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