Titans coach Boucher urges cricket authorities to consider using technology in big local games

01 April 2019 - 16:01 By Mahlatse Mphahlele
The Titans Invitational team coach Mark Boucher talking to the team before the Albie Morkel 50-Over Farewell match between Titans Invitational and Notts Outlaws at Cornwall Hill College on March 17, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Titans Invitational team coach Mark Boucher talking to the team before the Albie Morkel 50-Over Farewell match between Titans Invitational and Notts Outlaws at Cornwall Hill College on March 17, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa.
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Titans coach Mark Boucher has urged cricket authorities to seriously consider using Decision Review System (DRS) during big local games.

This comes after the Titans’ 135 win in the Momentum One Day Cup final against the Dolphins at SuperSport Park on Sunday was marred by unusually poor umpiring decisions from Adrian Holdstock‚ Shaun George and Bongani Jele.

The Titans survived three close lbw shouts as they laid the foundation for this win that was achieved largely due to a century by Aiden Markram‚ half centuries by Theunis de Bruyn and Dean Elgar and three wickets from Dale Steyn.

The Dolphins suffered more in their batting innings when Zondo and Andile Phehlukwayo were given out despite having inside edged the ball. Sibonelo Makhanya was adjudged to be run out despite Titans wicketkeeper Sizwe Masondo having disturbed the stumps.

“We have never had TV Reviews in the past in any final in South Africa."

Dolphins skipper Khaya Zondo echoed Boucher and said the technology is needed.

"After this people might ask questions and it might make them change that‚” said an infuriated Zondo after the game.

“Some of these decisions you need DRS‚ it is straightforward. It could have been a very good final and not one-sided as it looks.

"When you play a final‚ you have 22 very good cricketers on the field and I personally feel that some of the decisions were too easy for people to get wrong because they were not even 50-50.”

“There were about six decisions against us and it is going to be difficult to win any cricket matches if you have six decisions that favour the opposition.

"I am not taking anything away from the Titans because they played good cricket throughout the campaign‚ but the umpires could have at least umpired a bit better given that this was a final‚” Zondo concluded.

Boucher commiserated with the Dolphins and admitted that the umpiring was not good enough for a game that magnitude.

“It difficult for me to comment on the umpires because I might get into trouble but I don’t think they had a good (game) to be honest‚" he said.

"That happens and it is not going to take away from what we did today because it is always going to take two special knocks to get to 350.

“We had some close calls that went our way and I think you also make your own luck.

"It is unfortunate that they got a couple wrong and I would recommend that in some of these big games they must use technology and hopefully it cuts out on some poor decisions.”

Elgar said it was unfortunate that poor umpiring happened in the final.

He added that umpires are human and prone to making mistakes.

“The umpiring has been great until the final‚" he said.

"I can’t think it being bad in the round robins and the semi-final.

"It is unfortunate that is happened in the final but they are not machines and I guess they are allowed to make mistakes as we do as players.

"We also make mistakes.

"It was a little bit disappointing to see that they were not at their best but that’s cricket and umpires are also human beings.”

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