$1900 donation a unanimous decision

WARRNAMBOOL cricket umpires have donated $1900 to Peter’s Project from their match fees in a busy weekend for the officials.

Warrnambool Cricket Umpires Association secretary Sean Cole said the umpires recently voted that each active member would donate $100 to help fund a cancer treatment centre for the south-west.

The presentation was made by umpires chief Charlie Rivett to Peter’s Project founder Vicki Jellie at Jones Oval, where East Warrnambool also held its pink stumps breast cancer day supporting the McGrath Foundation.

Mr Cole said umpires also had a minute’s silence before Saturday’s game to honour past member Robert “Stick” Campbell who recently died of lung cancer.

He said Mr Campbell had been an umpire for 16 years and regularly controlled the annual Law Versus Lore cricket match between police members and representatives of the Warrnambool Aboriginal community.

Mr Cole said umpires also wore black armbands on the weekend in memory of Mr Campbell and 11-year-old Luke Batty, who was killed during the week at cricket training at Tyabb on the Mornington Peninsula.

The cricket official said the association was always looking for more umpires.

“We’ve got 19 active members but we could do with a lot more,” Mr Cole said.

“We have two umpires in division one games, only one in division two and occasionally umpires in division three. It’s a great way to stay involved in cricket and sports and umpires are pretty well paid. We’re always looking for recruits.”

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