CRICKETERS across the west have been saddened to hear of the passing of cricket umpire Peter Weston from the Mitchell Cricket Council.
Pete was only a small man, but he was instantly recognisable by his wide-brimmed hat and heavy coating of white zinc cream on the proboscis.
A lifetime devotee of the great Australian summer pastime, Pete spent thousands of hours with under-age, senior and representative cricketers. He was unassuming, highly respected for his uncomplicated approach to the game and extremely welcoming to visiting colleagues.
Pete will be sadly missed in Orange and Bathurst District Cricket and the wider Mitchell Cricket Council and Western Zone.
In his long career, Peter umpired many western cricketers who have gone on to play Australia, NSW and other states in Sheffield Shield and One Day Matches.
He has held the cap for International Hall of Fame inductee Glenn McGrath from Narromine, explosive Dubbo fast bowlers Chris Killen and Don Nash and Mudgee’s Tim Lang as they ploughed their way through batting line-ups on their way to the top. He has given “centre” to brilliant Blayney Test batsman Peter Toohey, Bathurst Master Blaster Kevin Geyer, Dubbo’s supremely talented NSW/Vic wicket-keeper Nathan Pilon and the current crop of locally-fostered NSW Speedblitz Blues including Scott Henry (Mudgee), Daniel Hughes (Cowra) and young Yeoval quick Chris Tremain.
Peter had a birds-eye view as off-spinner Nathan Lyons (Young) and all-rounder Trent Copeland (Bathurst) developed through the age groups. He was chuffed when both, coincidentally, made their Test debuts in the same match in Sri Lanka last year.
Peter Weston shunned the limelight, as happy in “the best seat in the house” officiating junior or schools matches as he was in Inter-Zone or Combined High Schools. He was one of the first umpires selected each year for the CHS Alan Davidson and Marie Cornish Shield Finals. No doubt all concerned will acknowledge his contribution when those matches are played in Bathurst over the next few weeks.
Peter was farewelled in Blayney on Tuesday, his colleagues united as they recited their mantra, “may all the edges be big ones” and clicked their counters together in one last call of “over”.