Post 11: Posted by Peter Swain on Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 11:34

The trigger tag was well earned as I recall, and even extends to signalling no balls from square leg for knee high full tosses! There were several other trigger happy umpiring moments last season from others in the team, and one batter may even have been called back. Anyone want to admit responsibility?

My memory from coaching sessions was that the batter running to the danger end makes the call! But then it was a long time ago, maybe things have changed? One day I might get over it!

Post 10: Posted by Colin Wouldham on Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 15:45

This is true but the nickname "Trigger" has put a certain amount of fear into all Eltham batsmen!

Post 9: Posted by Derek Seeds on Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 14:47

Hey what's going on here? I have never given you out while I have been umpiring Colin. As you well know I only give ex captains and opponents out, while I do my stint in the middle.

Post 8: Posted by Will Bisley on Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 13:45

OK, you got me, you've warn me down, I can take it no more, I'm in!!

Just don't expect me to run if the wicket keeper is holding the ball...

Post 7: Posted by Colin Wouldham on Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 13:33

Peace be on you, Brother Will. In the words of you and Pete Swain at Hartley last year...

"Yes, no, yes no....oh bollocks!"

Are you sure you wouldn't like to reconsider Splinters? I am now at one with my inner karma and wish to share this feeling of contentment with my droogs and brothers. My levels of peace have now reached such a level that I am making Pete Fisher look psychotic in comparison.

Just don't let Derek umpire when I'm batting!

Post 6: Posted by Will Bisley on Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 09:08

Oh and Colin, I think I'll have to pass on your Zen course, no offense, but it clearly doesn't work... smiley for :lol:

Post 5: Posted by Will Bisley on Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 09:06

I think the bigger clubs kind of expect people to already be able to play, the coaching is only really done in the colts. That's the way it was when I was at Orpington. Best bet is for him to come to our nets and we'll let "The Coach" loose on him!!!

Post 4: Posted by Richard Page on Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 16:01

where do I go to sign up Col? - I'm in........

Post 3: Posted by Peter Swain on Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 13:11

Thanks Colin, he seems keen to join us for nets after Easter, so we may as well see how he gets on with us and pass on any further information at that stage. Not sure how popular your Zen classes will be though?

Post 2: Posted by Colin Wouldham on Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 18:15

Tricky - would it depend a bit on how old he is (and would it be ageist if a club didn;t want a novice who was getting on a bit?)

I'd reckon both Sidcup and Bexley have formal coaching, or that he could pay at Lords, the Oval etc, for some tuition.

Has Pete the Fish considered hiring his services out? I myself am thinking in taking Mick Cohen's advice and offering classes in Zen Buddhism and Staying Calm After Dismaissal.

Probably only the bigger clubs with youth cricket that does this formally, Pete, though there may be a couple of smaller clubs who happen to have qualified coaches who also do it - but my guess is that they don't advertise the fact much.

Post 1: Posted by Peter Swain on Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 13:40

I have had an enquiry from a potential new player who describes himself as a total novice and asking about local clubs with coaching. I have of course pointed out that a total novice would be at home in our team where he could be coached on our bad habits, but thought that we could pass on advice on where to find formal coaching if anyone knows of anywhere. I have also suggested he could join us for nets, or even fielding, at FRC after Easter if this can be aranged.