Back with a bang: ‘No-ball’ let-off allows Seymour to make perfect March return
STEVE Seymour started trudging back to the pavilion when his pull shot looped into a fielder’s hands on Saturday... but he had not heard the umpire call ‘no-ball’.
The Australian star, playing his first game for March for three years, was on 10 when he got his reprieve. Within two hours he was celebrating his century.
“I think I was the only one in the ground who didn’t hear the umpire’s call,” he said.
“I got that bit of luck and I made the most of it.”
Seymour, who starred as March’s overseas player in the 2008/09 seasons, is back in England for a holiday.
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He toasted his return to Tucker Gardner Premier Division cricket by crashing 101 off 94 balls on Saturday.
His knock inspired March’s vital 63-run over Saffron Walden II - and he even took a wicket for good measure.
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“They’re a great bunch of guys at March,” said Seymour. “I wanted to catch up with them but I also wanted to help them out on the field.
“I put a little bit of pressure on myself to get runs, so I was chuffed when it happened.
“March is a club that’s close to my heart. I just want to help them get as many points as possible before I go back.”
Seymour enjoyed the best season of his career in Australia this year, helping his state side Victoria II beat Sri Lanka in January.
The all-rounder took five wickets in the shock win, including the prize scalp of world-class wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara.
But tomorrow he will return to The Avenue, to take on more humble opponents from Sawston.
He said: “I’ll be back at The Avenue for the first time in a long while and I can’t wait.
“March’s ground stands up against club grounds all over the world in terms of facilities. It’s a great place to play cricket.
“If it wasn’t such a long way I’d come back every year!”