Almanac Cricket: Muschy – the left-handed adjudicator

In his enlightening article about the life and times of a cricket umpire, Matt Watson pays tribute to Queenslander Lawrie Musch, a dedicated and popular former member of the umpiring fraternity.

Almanac Cricket: Behind the wickets – an umpire’s view

Like cricketers, umpires also need practice as John Gascoigne recalls a recent intra-club practice match polishing up his umpiring skills.

Almanac Cricket: Kew v Power House – The Spirit of Cricket

Phil Hill loves his cricket having played and umpired in the Mercantile Cricket Association all his adult life. And, the spirit of the game is well and truly alive as he recounts the goodwill displayed between teams in a recent game he umpired.

Local cricket: F Grade injustice!

You be the judge. Was David Bridie robbed on the weekend?

Helmets and Parachutes

High pressure hoses, parachutes & helmets, and the laws of cricket. What does it all mean? Phil Hill explains.

Blind Deaf and Clueless; Park cricket Returns

Phil Hill looks forward to the return of park cricket and umpiring in the Merks

PB’s Rant: Lawyers and TV – the lunatics are running (ruining?) my asylum

Peter Baulderstone fires both barrels at video decision making infecting golf, cricket, footy – and society by extension. Crap decisions over the weekend and three days off the grog and sugar can make a man cranky.

Blind Deaf and Clueless: Cricket and the death of the quaddie

Phil Hill is inspired by a photo of the two teams playing in the preliminary final he umpired on the weekend to take this wander through cricket umpiring, professionalism, changing quaddie habits, scoring, the heat in curries, the adding up of scorebooks and umpiring. [Contains traces of dentistry – JTH]

Blind, Deaf and Clueless: The Mandibular Block and Park Cricket Finals

Dr Hill imparts some wisdom on the application of local anaesthetic and how to deal with a moist pitch

Blind, Deaf and Clueless: Wide of the Mark

Umpire Phil Hill clears up the notion of premeditated shabbiness and while doing so explains the concept of the ‘wide’ in cricket. [Vintage Hill – Ed]

Blind, Deaf and Clueless: Chuckers, Part Two

Are you an idiot? Take Phil Hill’s chucking test and find out.

Almanac Cricket – Blind Deaf and Clueless: A Modest Proposal

Phil Hill is back considering AFL umpiring in the context of the laws of cricket

Blind Deaf and Clueless: Hold on to Their Hat

Phil Hill lives up to his reputation with this next look into the life of the umpire. It seems, in some cases, it’s a matter of volume, and hat-holding.

Blind, Deaf and Clueless: Why Australia Lost the Test

Phil Hill turns to the Laws of the game to explain why Australia lost in Perth. It appears South Africa got the Rabada green

Almanac Cricket – Blind, Deaf, and Clueless: But I Got Rhythm

One of the lines of the year: “Brand new cricket umpires stand out like me trying to get a 12 mm long, 4.8 wide neck Strauman implant out of its packaging.” See what that means as Phil Hill brings cricket, life and dentistry together in one place – and at one pace. Although there are other lines like “I think it arises from the habit new umpires have of being in love with their ball counter” which are worth contemplation as well.

Almanac Cricket: Blind, Deaf and Clueless and Cricketless

No cricket this weekend, but Phil Hill still manages to come up with the (botanical) goods.

Almanac Cricket: Wash Out

Umpires should keep their mouths shut says Phil Hill, who should know, as he relates a tale of weather, ground conditions and aberrant behaviour.

Cricket and conflict

Melbourne-based cricket umpire John Gascoigne on the stick he cops as an umpire.

The spirit of the game – off the long run, on the high horse

Dave Brown is off the long run to mount his high horse and dig one into the ribs of weak-kneed, lily-livered cricket umpires not enforcing rules against time wasting and sharp practice.

Loneliness of the Long Distance Cricket Umpire

John Gascoigne debuts with a ripper yarn about the dramas, oddities and nuances of local cricket told from a unique perspective. He’s been an umpire for 25 years – so he’s seen it all (hearing it all was a different matter).