I'm sure plenty of you will have received the cricinfo mass-mailing advert for their Office Umpire" game recently.
Itís not easy being an umpire. Decisions have to be made in the blink of an eye and when the pressure is applied, would you be able to keep your finger down or are you trigger happy? Now you can find out in our interactive Hawkeye game, The Office Umpire.
However, I can't imagine that too many other people will have had it forwarded to them seconds later by their club's Colts Secretary with the text "had to forward this..." I get the feeling I'm beginning to get a reputation here.
Last night, I gave a front foot LBW with about 0.2 seconds in between appeal and finger raising. Seeing as there was a significant stride in, there was a distinct air of unimpressedness, and the suggestion that I'd not even given it a decent amount of though.
My thought processes were, as the ball travelled through the air (left arm over to right hand bat) - pitches leg, straightens, never missing off, hit him below the knee, knee's bent, is it going over the top, no it isn't, out, finger up.
I've replayed it in my mind several times since, and I'm still sure it was out. It was certainly a damn sight more out than Jacob Oram's this afternoon, anyway.
Anyway, does an LBW - or any - decision carry more weight, or less dubiousness, if you look like you've taken your time over considering it, even if you just spend a second or two over trying to remember if you've got enough food in the fridge to cook with that evening - or does a rapid decision indicate certainty?