THERE have been a couple of talking points from the World Cup matches this week.

Last week I mentioned excessive appealing and the consequences for players.

Well this week India captain Virat Kohli was fined 25 per cent of his match fee for excessive appealing and issued with a demerit point.

Local umpires would say a warning is to be given for a Level 1 offence followed by five penalty runs if he continues, however the ICC play to slightly different rules than the MCC and their playing conditions take precedence.

In the match between Pakistan and South Africa the umpire called over after five balls had been bowled.

Now local scorers have great delight in telling an umpire he has bowled a five or seven-ball over.

It just shows even the best umpires can lose count.

If spectators watch the umpires they will signal to each other after the fourth ball that there is two left. Some do it with one ball left.

A miscount often happens after an event has occurred, like the fall of a wicket, but if the umpires are working as a team then that shouldn’t happen.

The saying “catches win matches” proved right in the New Zealand and West Indies match.

The Kiwi standard of fielding wasn’t quite up to their usual high standard with two dropped catches off the very dangerous Chris Gayle but then the most important one, to end the game, was caught.

Even their ground fielding wasn’t good. Many teams have had run outs through direct hits and the Kiwis are usually pretty good at direct hits but not so on Saturday.

Locally this week it was nice to see the sun with Twenty20 matches played on Friday night and all games completed on Saturday in the sunshine.

With so many competitions being played, players sometimes forget the rules they are playing to like how many overs there are during a power play or how long you have got to bowl your innings in.

One club came unstuck with the overs and time allowed in the T20 which caused them to lose the match.

Umpires will tell teams if they are behind time and players need to take note of these warnings.