It has been a busy few days for me, with games coming thick and fast, and lots of cricket issues to deal with. 
 
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of scoring for my club, Sheffield Collegiate, in a League match at Abbeydale against Treeton. Both teams were packed with good quality cricketers, and it was Collegiates’ ex-county pair of Simon Guy and Shaaiq Choudhry who saw the home team over the line. 
 
On Sunday I made the short journey to Treeton to score in the Viking Cup game, once again for Collegiate. In a game foreshortened by the heavy rain, I witnessed some powerful hitting by Simon Guy, Sam Webb-Snowling and Harry MacNeilly for the visitors, but despite being on the losing side, the best innings of the day was by the excellent Steve Foster, who scored a wonderful 102 not out in only 69 balls. The Collegiate match-winner was off-spinner 
Jamie Carrington. His second over was smashed for 30 by Treeton overseas player Hasseeb-Ur Rahman, and when he was asked to bowl the last over, with the home side needing only 12 runs, most people thought that they would win. Instead, he only conceded four runs, which was a superb comeback from him. The game highlighted the need for umpires and scorers to work together, as DLS came into play. Both scorers ensured that the captains were fully aware of the par score, and both captains were happy with the way that the situation was dealt with. 
 
With Roger on his travels, he asked me to liaise with Chris Marples with regard to the team for the League t20 game against a Yorkshire Vikings XI at Doncaster Town’s ground next Monday (5.30pm). Tuesday night was spent emailing players, and also trying to locate some black sight screen covers for Doncaster Town. As I write, this has been successful! 
 
On Wednesday evening I went to Whitley Hall CC, the idea being that I was going to be available for umpires and scorers to ask me anything about DLS and electronic scoring. To be honest, I just wanted an excuse to have a chat with Andy Tipple, who is, without doubt, one of the nicest people in local cricket. 
I had the pleasure of scoring for Leeds Bradford MCCU today (Thursday) in a one-day game against MCC. It is the first time that I have been involved with them – I must be doing something right somewhere! It was a really pleasant day; it was good to see Ian Dixon again, who was one of the appointed umpires, and it was even more pleasing to see Kevin Hutchinson, who was scoring for MCC. Kevin and I have known each other for many years, and we spent the day reminiscing about the old Yorkshire League days, and the state of league cricket in Yorkshire. Kevin is without doubt an excellent scorer, and in the top three of scorers that I have sat with. 
 
This Saturday, Collegiate are on their travels again. It is always good to visit Cleethorpes, and I will be wishing their secretary and scorer Ben Peacock all the very best for his up-coming operation. He has not been well recently, and I hope that the operation will sort out his medical issues. 
On Sunday, Collegiate continue their travels with a visit to Doncaster Town in the ECB National Cup. I have fond memories of my time at Doncaster, and always enjoy going back there. 
 
Despite Roger being on his holidays, he has been very busy dealing with a range of issues. I am sure that Kirsty has been giving him a hard time (he deserves it!) and I have told him that I will not be dealing with any cricket issues when I am away in October! 
 
Until next time,  
 
Steve 
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