IN SUCCESSFUL playing careers that spanned well over 300 games, Lee brothers Neil and Graeme only ever played a handful of matches together.
But it’s in retirement that the two are forging a partnership in the middle.
Neil and Graeme have become what is believed to be the first set of brothers to officiate in a Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts encounter.
In Graeme’s first eleven umpiring debut, he started alongside Neil on day one of the North Ballarat versus Brown Hill clash at Northern Oval 2.
“Graeme umpired the first three rounds in the seconds and got really good reports from the captains so they put him straight up into A-grade, which was very good,” Neil said.
Neil rated the experience of calling the shots alongside his brother a highlight of his umpiring career, which has included a club firsts grand final between Wendouree and Ballarat-Redan a few years ago.
“My ambition would be to umpire an A-grade grand final together. I wouldn’t say this year being Graeme’s first year, but in a season or two,” he said.
Neil is widely regarded as one of the best cricketers to ever grace the BCA.
He is the wickets record holder at Golden Point – where he played most of his cricket – with 703 dismissals from 312 games, 263 of which were in the firsts.
Graeme also holds his own records at the club, where his runs tally of 11,370 and 22 centuries remains unsurpassed.
Ballarat Cricket Umpires’ Association umpires adviser and coach Peter Mackay said scheduling Graeme with his brother was a good way of promoting the organisation.
“Graeme was going to do A-grade anyway and we just thought what a great way to promote umpiring by putting the two of them together,” Mackay said.
“Any good news like that can always encourage someone else to come along and umpire.”
Neil and Graeme will complete round four duties tomorrow when the Roosters resume at 0/18 in pursuit of the Bulls’ total of 344.
Brothers Neil and Graham Lee are in charge of the North Ballarat vs Brown Hill clash.
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