This one cropped up when I was playing on Saturday..and a few weeks ago
We had played this team a few weeks ago, and they played a couple of young lads (15 year olds) in their team. They made a few whisphered moans about the fact that our opening bowler, who is pretty quick, didn't slow down for these younger lads.
Should we have taken off our quick bowler, or at least asked him drop a yard or two in pace?
Then we played against the same team on Saturday, the pitch is a bit lively, and our opening bowler is bowling pretty quickly. We take a wicket, and they send in one of these 15 year old lads in at number three. The fourth ball he gets, hits him in the grill of the helmet, and the ball hits the ground and rolls to the stumps. The young lad is shaken up, but sees the ball rolling and he swishes it away with his hand. Some of us appeal, and he is given out.
The other team started complaining that we were out of order, it was against the spirit of the game to appeal etc.
My view is that if they put a young lad in at number three knowing we have out quick on, on a lively pitch, they must have aknowledged he can hold a bat. If he can hold a bat, then we need to get him out as quickly as poss. By handling the ball, he broke one of the laws of the game. Even if he didn't know that law, that was not our problem, and he has learnt a lesson.
But even if he was a crappy batsman, would we have been within the spirit of the game if we had appealed for handled ball?