Mark Boucher urges authorities to use technology in big local games
Titans coach Mark Boucher has urged cricket authorities to seriously consider using the Decision Review System (DRS) during big local games.
This comes after the Titans’ 135-run win in the Momentum One Day Cup final against the Dolphins at SuperSport Park on Sunday was marred by unusually poor umpiring decisions by Adrian Holdstock‚ Shaun George and Bongani Jele.
The Titans survived three close lbw shouts as they laid the foundation for a win that was achieved through 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 Khaya 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 SA," said Boucher.
An infuriated Dolphins skipper Zondo said the technology was needed.
"After this people might ask questions and it might make them change that‚" he said.
"Some of these decisions you need DRS‚ it is straightforward. It could have been a good final and not as one-sided as it looks.
"When you play a final‚ you have 22 very good cricketers on the field and I 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 said
Boucher agreed that the umpiring was not good enough for a game of 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," he said.