No transgression of the law

first_img In the incident being debated, it must be borne in mind that no transgression of the law was incurred by the bowler who was entitled to run out the batsman. The ball was in play, the dismissal was lawfully executed and no warning, which is regarded as a convention, was necessary. An appeal was made, the decision was correct; the match was lawfully won and accepted without any criticism or inappropriate comment from the defeated captain, which would in itself be an offence. These are the salient points which are most relevant to the issue, and the frivolous accusation of not adhering to what is only a custom is unfounded and of secondary importance. The only option available to overcome the decision was for the captain to seek the permission of the umpire for him (the captain) to withdraw the appeal in an act of sportsmanship. Not choosing to do so must not be construed as not playing the game within its spirit, and the question to be asked is, how can an incident be regarded as disgraceful and unbelievable when there was adherence to the relevant law? To regard it as such, as some critics have described it, is not only ludicrous but demonstrates a total disregard for logic and an example of one’s erroneous interpretation of the law. It is well known that the only reason why a non-striker leaves the popping crease before the delivery, or an athlete leaves his mark before the starter’s gun goes off, is to gain an unfair advantage or to get a ‘jump start’, as some would say, and this the law regards as unfair and therefore incurs a penalty when transgressed. What I consider as dishonest and unacceptable is that it is permissible for a batsman to challenge the decision on being given out caught behind by the wicketkeeper off an obvious clean catch of which he, the batsman, is cognisant that he had played and must have felt and heard. Under the Television (TV) Replay System, requesting the umpire for a review is not regarded as against the spirit of the game, but in my opinion it is tantamount to an umpire’s decision being disputed. I also regard it as against the spirit of the game when the wicketkeeper intentionally appeals for a catch in an effort to mislead the umpire and to avoid a wide being signalled. In the highest format of the game, it is replete with instances where the spirit of the game is being ignored and considered trivial, such as employing time-wasting tactics to avoid another over being bowled, an experience of all umpires. It is reported, in the recent case, that the standing umpire sought confirmation as to the seriousness of the appeal before the decision was made. This I regard as inappropriate as the fielding side had already signalled their position by appealing. This could give the impression that the umpire is exhibiting a lack of neutrality and partiality, which are among his personal attributes and an indication also that the spirit of cricket has priority over the breaching and application of the law. In the final analysis, it is unquestionable that if cricket is to maintain the high reputation that it enjoys among sports, adherence to its laws, and display of sportsmanship when depending on the circumstances, as well as respect for those participating are the objectives which must be the primary aim of those involved. • John (Johnny) Gayle is a retired Test cricket umpire and cricket administrator. According to the internationally recognised and definitive guide to the interpretation and application of the laws of cricket and which is approved by the MCC and adopted by the ICC, the spirit of the game involves your opponents, your captain and team, the role of the umpire and the traditional values of the game. It is also mentioned that to dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action, or gesture, to indulge in cheating and to distract an opponent while batting are offences against the spirit of the game and brings it into disrepute. Among the 13 offences in the laws which are indicative of injustices is the ‘Batsmen Stealing a Run’ listed under that significant law Fair and Unfair Play (Law 42). Leaving your crease before the delivery is a tactic frequently used. It is an unfair strategy and a violation of the law which must have precedence over any other consideration. Simultaneously, it is permissible for the bowler to run out the non-striker before the delivery. This revised law (Law 38) now emphatically states that “Either batsman is out run out if at any time while the ball is in play he is out of his ground and his wicket is fairly put down by the action of a fielder.” Wasting tactics The circumstances surrounding the dismissal of the non-striker which allowed the West Indies Under-19 team to be victorious in the recent ICC World Cup has generated much controversy, with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson also giving his personal view on the matter. It has prompted me in my capacity as a retired umpire and an enthusiast of the game to express my view on the dispute as it relates to the playing of cricket within its spirit, which is the responsibility of the captain and the application of the law by the umpire. Various interpretations seem to exist of what is meant by the spirit of cricket. In the revised edition of the textbook Cricket Umpiring and Scoring, it is clarified in the preface – The Preamble – The Spirit of Cricket. Umpire’s decision Lawfully executedlast_img read more

Revealed: New look ŠKODA Octavia RS arriving at DMG Motors

first_imgDetails of ŠKODA’s high powered Octavia RS have been revealed as they launch in Irish showrooms this month.This model will be making an appearance in the showrooms of ŠKODA’s main Donegal dealer – DMG Motors outside Donegal Town this May. Starting at €34,450. ŠKODA have maintained a great balance of space and functionality coupled with power and performance. The Octavia RS in particular enjoys something of a cult following in Ireland and has been a huge success for the ŠKODA brand here. Now in its third generation, the Octavia RS sports a completely new front section with an even wider grille. New LED headlights replace the Xenon lights and LED technology also powers the rear tail lights as well as providing illumination for the registration plate. The front light arrangement gives the Octavia a new and more aggressive styling. Compared to the standard Octavia, the RS squats 15mm lower and can be fitted at each corner with wheels of up to nineteen inches in diameter. The rear wheels track has been increased by 30mm, compared to the previous version, for improved road holding and cornering ability. The interior has also been refreshed with new seating upholsteries and instrument cluster. The Octavia RS will be powered by the familiar 2.0 TDI, 184bhp Diesel unit that consumes just 4.5 litres of fuel per 100km on the combined cycle. The 2.0 TDI power unit is extremely versatile and can be mated to a 6-speed manual or DSG transmission; or for even more traction a DSG 4×4 version is also available. The Octavia RS is also offered in a Combi Estate version. The new Octavia RS enjoys upgraded infotainment systems. The Columbus is the best system available in the ŠKODA range and boasts a 9.2” colour touch screen. Compared to the previous Octavia the biggest advancements are in the area of connectivity. The Octavia RS model comes as standard with Infotainment online allowing the driver to access news, weather and parking data. Care connect is available as an option for the first time in the Octavia and provides emergency call function and remote access to your vehicle via the drivers smart phone. Through the drivers smartphone they can view their vehicle on a map and also activate the vehicles honk and flash function in order to locate the car in a busy car park for example. Speaking at the launch of the RS in Vienna, Cathal Kealey, PR Manager, ŠKODA Ireland, said: “We are really excited about the next generation of Octavia RS models. Incredibly the outgoing Octavia was the fourth bestselling car in Ireland for the first three months of this year. “The Octavia RS is a car that appeals to a broad range of people from plumbers to barristers and from students to pensioners. 10% of all the Octavia models we sell are RS versions. In estate version, 20% of all Combis we sell are RS versions. “The Octavia RS is highly affordable for all with low rate PCP finance from just 1.9% APR. The RS story continues later in the year when we will unveil the most powerful RS yet, a 2.0 TSI petrol powered RS with 245bhp.” Call to DMG Motors Ltd. this May to see the superb new ŠKODA Octavia RS in action:DMG Motors Ltd, Clar Road, Donegal, Co. DonegalTel: (+353) 074 97 21396Mobile: (+353) 087 9097204 Web: www.dmgmotors.ieRevealed: New look ŠKODA Octavia RS arriving at DMG Motors was last modified: May 2nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:carsDMG Motors Ltdmotoringoctavia rsSkodalast_img read more