Templepatrick’s recent National Cup remote bowl-out defeat to Mullingar last month caused raised eyebrows amongst all but dedicated cricket enthusiasts.
On the morning of the match a waterlogged square meant no play would be possible, and Mullingar officials conveyed this information to TCC skipper Richard Greer to avoid an unnecessary 250-miles round-trip and this triggered the remote bowl-out procedure.
Clarifying the position Templepatrick’s top coach, Andy McCrea said: “A cricket bowl-out is similar to a football penalty shoot-out without a batsman in sight, and when a bowl-out is required involving teams that are far apart a remote version is permitted,” he stated.
“In this case a normal set of stumps was set up in Mullingar, and their first five bowlers identified themselves to the neutral qualified umpire.
“There was a similar set-up at The Cloughan, and the umpires kept in touch by phone as they recorded the hits and misses.
“In this case Mullingar scored three hits to our two, so they advanced to the next round.”