Darryl Harper on David Shepherd

Fellow umpire Daryl Harper has posted his thoughts on the recently-retired David Shepherd, including this gem:

In August 2000 at The Oval, Courtney Walsh walked out to bat for the final time in a Test match on English soil. He was greeted with a guard of honour from his opponents as he entered the ground in his customary batting position at number eleven. As I stood with Shep and applauded the champion, David recalled that Don Bradman had been given a similar send-off on the same ground, 52 years earlier in his final Test match. As I returned to my position at the bowler’s end, I passed the big West Indian whose eyes were flowing with tears of emotion. I quickly mentioned the Bradman link as Shep had recalled, adding that the Don had made a second ball duck! Courtney threw his head back and vowed to do better than that. The first ball from Domenic Cork passed outside off stump and Walsh flashed at it without getting close. The second delivery was pitched on off stump and Walsh pushed forward with his bat. The ball eluded the wood and cannoned into the front pad, somewhere near the knee roll. It wasn’t a tough decision for me…..Courtney Walsh had emulated Bradman in his final Test innings in England.

Daryl Harper’s thoughts on England and Bangladesh

Daryl has an online diary, as has been publicised here before, and has recently and belatedly posted his thoughts on the 2nd Test between England and Bangladesh. No other umpire, that I know of, is doing this – so it’s pretty exciting, and maybe newer/younger umpires might follow Daryl’s lead and even start blogging. That would be awesome. He also has some interesting photos.

Daryl Harper on England v Bangladesh

Nice piece by umpire Daryl Harper (as mentioned back here) on the England / Bangladesh Test at Lord’s:

It is interesting to note that the ninth wicket partnership between Mashud and Anwar was valued at £186,000. Now that seems a trifle exaggerated but if there had been less than ten overs bowled on the third morning, the paying public would have been due for a full refund of the cost of their tickets. By surviving for 17.2 overs today, only 50% refunds were necessary.