Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Carrick captain is in the dock as umpire cries foul

The NCU's Disciplinary Committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow night, but it will not be dealing with the abandonment of Saturday's Ulster Bank League Section One game between Dundrum and Carrickfergus.

Although union general secretary Bryan Milford has received the report of match umpire Davy Gilliland, he is awaiting a response from Carrickfergus captain Iain Parkhill, who was reported by Gilliland for abuse.

It is believed that the official told Parkhill: "I am not taking any more abuse, this match is abandoned," and walked off the field and out of the ground without further explanation.

Parkhill has admitted to disagreeing with Gilliland's decision to give out team-mate Mikey Taiaroa leg before wicket and he also intervened when the Dundrum wicket-keeper claimed a catch off club professional Louis Delport, but Parkhill insists that there was no abusive language involved.

It is not the first time that Gilliland has been involved in a controversial incident this season.

It is understood he has reported players on at least four occasions with three in the same Challenge Cup first round match back in May, also at Dundrum.

Following his report, Waringstown wicket-keeper Johnny Bushe was suspended for three matches while captain Kyle McCallan and professional Obus Pienaar were reprimanded.

Worryingly for the Northern Ireland Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers, Gilliland is now turning into the centre of attention, rather than the players, in almost every match he officiates at and the problem, it appears, is not going to go away anytime soon.

In the games that were completed on Saturday, Merrion beat Civil Service North by 92 runs to set up yet another all-Leinster final, against Clontarf, in the RSA Irish Senior Cup, the eighth in the last 12 years.

Captain Nigel Jones was the only player who stood up to the Dubliners at Stormont, top scoring with 49 and taking two for 29 in his 10 overs as Merrion piled up 292 for five.

Instonians moved alongside North Down at the top of the Ulster Bank Premier League with a five wicket victory over Ballymena and after CIYMS' surprise win against Waringstown, Lurgan were left at the bottom of the table after being bowled out for 81 by Lisburn.

The Pollock Park side are actually joint bottom with CSN, but the Stormont side have three games in hand.

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