It's hard to stomach
Bumble can't see why India don't adopt the decision review system and catches up on some belly-fighting.
Last Updated: 07/10/10 10:58am
It's been a heavy social week - with a bit of 'Mick Jagger' and belly-fighting thrown in!
The Ryder Cup was unbelievable, wasn't it? Mine started properly on Sunday when six of us went to the 'Spoons.
It can be a bit rough in there and there was a bit of a scrap at 11.30am so we all moved onto the Brigadier's House for lunch on the proviso that Lady Carr served up a hotpot with Haywards red cabbage. It had to be Haywards or we weren't going!
It was a cracking day for Europe and we all totally enjoyed it before heading our separate ways.
I missed Monday's play (just as I missed Accy hitting a magnificent seven against Gillingham and one of the best Tests ever - India v Australia in Mohali) but it was all in a great cause.
Each year we put on a golf day in memory of a friend of ours called Dave Evans and raise money for a local child; this time we played at Bramall Park Golf Club, to help a little nine-year-old girl called Scarlet, who is not very well.
We raised an enormous amount of money after that by being completely barking mad.
The Scouse Elvis brought the house down at the end of the night with his rendition of 'Suspicious Minds'. After that, it was a case of 'Tonight, Matthew, I'm going to be Mick Jagger!' The DJ (who was Joey Boswell out of 'Bread' - you know, the dopey one) put on 'Brown Sugar' and I did my bit too.
Apparently, there was talk of putting it on YouTube but I'll sue anyone who does!
The next day I had another round - this time with Ken Shuttleworth, Jack Simmons and David Hughes from my playing days.
Myself and David Hughes played together and got beaten 8&6. I was absolutely atrocious - I've never played that badly!
I went back to the Headscarf (aka the Hesketh) and as I walked in I was confronted by two bare-chested blokes, the Group Captain and 34 Regular, who were belly-fighting.
They started at different ends of the Tavern and ran each other; it's a case of last-man standing but these two are both good at it so after a bit of a breather they simply have another go!
As far as the cricket goes, I'm still celebrating the end of the season but on a serious note - how good is the decision review system?
The Indian Board wouldn't have it for their current series against Australia because one or two of the players don't like it and we saw some real shocking decisions as a result.
My message to the BCCI? Get real because you need this system; it really helps the umpires.
Umpires have made mistakes since the day the game was invented but you can't blame them anymore because we've got the equipment to help them out. Now India just have to use it!
I'll say it again. It's time for India to get real.
Apart from that it's full steam ahead for my theatre tour, which starts in Leamington on October 26. Click here to see the dates. Hopefully see you there!