Sierra Leonean Cricket Umpire Elizabeth French who is also the first female Umpire from West Africa to officiate in the just concluded T/20 division three cricket competitions in Ghana has disclosed to Awoko Sports that she gained a lot of experience during the competition. The competition was organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC). She stated that even though this is her first international competition one of the Match Commissioners told her that she was under pressure during the first Seychelles match but according to the commissioner she was able to overcome it.
French stated that in all the three matches that she officiated, she was in full control as she interpreted the laws of the game to the letter. She also revealed that she was very happy to have such opportunity which she has made good use of and hope to have such opportunity in the future to exhibit her talent once more.
When asked what it means to her to be the only female Umpire in West Africa she said she is very proud of herself and the country as a whole and that is why she is taking her time when she is officiating as she wants to lift the Sierra Leone flag high. Further asked why she was able to excel during the competition French said that she was able to excel because she learned from her past mistakes during the officiating of local matches and law 43 which is common sense helped her a lot. When asked if she has the opportunity to officiate Sierra Leone matches how will she manage it, French said that when she is in the field she is there to do the right thing. She also revealed that at the end of the competition she received a trophy from ICC for her outstanding performances which she appreciated very much. In another development the school cricket league which was expected to start this Monday has been postponed because of the Inter Secondary School competition which is going on. The competition is expected to start as soon as the Inter Sec competition ends.