After a desperate plea from the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association for more umpires ahead of the upcoming season, the crisis has been averted.
Association president Justin Triffitt last week told The Ensign that games may not be able to go ahead if 10 umpires were not found before the season started this weekend.
But Triffitt was happy to report five umpires had since been signed on, with more awaiting training before the seasons started.
‘‘We’ve done very well out of our campaigning and the ads we’ve got,’’ Triffitt said.
‘‘It was a fairly big ad campaign at that, and we’ve picked up five new umpires from that. We are rapt. It’s a really good start.’’
Triffitt acknowledged umpires were a crucial part of cricket, and without an umpire, games may not be fairly managed if players or coaches were asked to do the job.
‘‘The umpires are a big part of the game, without them we won’t have good cricket,’’ he said.
‘‘Now we’re only four or five short, plus we have a few other irons on the fire.’’
The WDCA starts up again this weekend, with the Benalla Bushrangers’ A-grade side beginning their hunt for silverware against another side tipped to do well this year in Greta.
‘‘Yeah look we’re excited, the A-grade and A-reserve grades start this weekend, so we’re really looking forward to some good games of cricket,’’ Triffitt said.