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 TCUSA Umpire member records

Active:  1991-96 and 1997-2010 (18 seasons).

Total matches as a TCUSA umpire:
  338 (4 First Grade).

Awards  
(3)
TCUSA 'Life Member':  2008.
TCUSA 'Advisor's Merit Award':   97-98.
TCUSA 'Most Dedicated Umpire':  99-00.

Grand Finals  
(10)
Premier League Third Grade:  95-96.
Premier League Fourth Grade:  00-01.
Premier League Under-17 Grade:  93-94, 98-99, 99-00, 04-05.
Premier League Under-15 Grade:  06-07.
Country Associations:  02-03 (Huon 'B'); 07-08, 08-09 (Tasman); 09-10 (Oatlands).

TCUSA Administration
Nil.

Related stories
 (TCUSA E-News link)
The following story about Mike was featured in the then E-News 693 on 24 July 2010:

THE TCUSA LOOSES AN 
UMPIRING STALWART
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Long-serving TCUSA umpiring member Mike Lee, who has stood in 338 matches with the Association over the last twenty years, passed away in the Royal Hobart Hospital yesterday morning after a long illness aged 72.  A great lover of the game, Mike was involved in cricket in Tasmania for more than 50 years, first as a player and administrator with the then South Hobart grade club for several decades, and more latterly as an umpire with the TCUSA.

Mike started playing cricket as an all-rounder with South Hobart back in the late 1950s with the likes of Darby Munro, who these days is President of the now amalgumated South Hobart Sandy Bay club and is also a TCUSA scorer member.  Most of Mike's time was spent in second grade, a side he captained for a number of years, but there were also stints at the highest grade level from time-to-time.  Kevin Wilson, a member of the South Hobart club for many years, said yesterday that Mike "obviously enjoyed his cricket", describing him as "a very dedicated club man" who was especially "supportive of the younger players". 

TCUSA Life Member and still serving umpire Don Heapy, who stood in games when Mike as a player, said last night that he played the game "very hard but very fairly".  The pair later stood together as umpires in "many many games, including a number of Grand finals", and he was, says Heapy, "one of the good umpires", who went out of his way to work positively with his colleague and always handled himself well on the field, "most especially in pressure situations".  

A second Life Member, Brian Pollard, speaking when Mike was himself inaugurated as a Life Member in 2009 (E-News 402-2132, 4 April 2009), called him a "friend of cricket" who exemplifies the "ordinary people" without whose contribution the game around the world would not be the same.  TCUSA President-Administrator Graeme Hamley echoed that comment last night, telling E-News that Mike "was always available" for appointments, sometimes at very short notice, to look after a game, "wherever it was to be played and no matter what level of cricket was involved".  

In addition to his life Membership, Mike won several other TCUSA awards over the years.  He was presented with the Advisor's 'Merit' award in 1998 and the 'Most Dedicated Umpire' trophy in 2000, and was nominated on a number of occasions by captains as the best umpire at for the season in a number of TCA competitions over the years.  Grand Final medallions were presented to him on multiple occasions for season deciders in the Huon, Oatlands and Tasman Associations, and in the TCA's fourth grade, under-17 and under-15 competitions.

While quiet and unassuming, Mike clearly enjoyed being an umpire and if prompted would tell stories of his experiences.  One for example was about his umpiring debut in TCA First Grade 1995 in a game at University, where the first day's play saw the home side put "400 plus" on the score board for the loss of "not many wickets"; former Tasmanian batsman and now national selector Jamie Cox being 'not out' on 200 at the end of the day.  The second was when a Tiger snake, one of the world's most deadly snakes, 'stopped play' at the Pontville Oval when it chose to make its way across the ground by way of the pitch, sending both players and umpires "scattering". 

Other members of Mike's family were also involved in cricket, particularly his son Cameron, who made his umpiring debut at First Grade in March this year, a game that his father said, in his usual understated way, he "went along to sneak a look at".  When Cameron took up umpiring several years ago, his on-field colleague in his first match was his father, who was then standing in game 288.  Mike's brother Kit was also keen on the game, working for a number of years as the scoreboard operator for cricket at Bellerive.

Mike is survived by his wife Helen, Cameron and daughter Vanessa and grandchildren Charlotte and James.  A TCUSA notice of condolence to his family that acknowledges his service to the Association has been provided to 'The Mercury' for publication.  Details of the time and location of the funeral are expected to be published in that newspaper early next week.
 
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