Another milestone for umpire Bedford

RON Bedford reaches another significant milestone in his umpiring career tomorrow.

Bedford will officiate his 200th Ballarat Cricket Association first grade fixture in the clash between Ballarat-Redan and Darley at City Oval.

The 60-year-old former Ballarat, Ballarat-Redan and John Valves cricketer began his umpiring journey in the 1994-95 season.

Bedford has featured in upwards of 270 BCA games, including two firsts grand finals and a couple of Premier Cricket country round matches in Maryborough.

“I still enjoy it. I still have a good repore with the players and I enjoy my Saturdays in the outfield,” Bedford said. “It does become part of your life all through the summer.”

Bedford is a past president and treasurer of the Ballarat Cricket Umpires Association and is a current member of the BCA board.

WENDOUREE remains well clear in the Ballarat Cricket Association champion club standings.

The Red Caps top the charts on 356 points, ahead of North Ballarat (280), Mt Clear (260) and Golden Point (250). Club championship points are allocated on results across all senior grades, with points weighted from firsts down to fourths.

First eleven points are multiplied by five, seconds by three, thirds by two and fourths by one.

NAPOLEONS-SEBASTOPOL will look to greet Christmas on top of the Victorian Women’s Cricket Association premier seconds ladder. The Naps-Sebas girls take on Ringwood this Sunday after having the bye last weekend.

Brighton District currently tops the ladder, just percentage clear of Naps-Sebas. Following this Sunday’s one-day encounter, competition breaks for two weekends.

IT WILL be somewhat quieter across the region’s cricket grounds this weekend with all juniors and fifths competitions already on their Christmas-New Year break.

Club firsts, seconds, thirds and fourths, as well as the district divisions one, two and three will be the only grades in action. Juniors will resume on February 2 next year, district grades on January 19 and the club competition on January 12.

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