Today, having played the first five club games of the season, I was rested. Still having some committee business to deal with, I went to the match. We had a new player playing and a chap who hadn't played for a couple of years, and I decided to take the opportunity to umpire the second half and get a closer look at them. This is not unusual - a non playing member will often umpire a whole innings. The first over (from square leg) was uneventful - the second wasn't. A no ball, which went for a single, and a glare from my own player. Two balls later he bowled a straight one, and the batsmen got into a horrible mess trying to pull a full length ball, overbalanced, and was hit on the thigh which was by now so low that it was now right in front of middle stump. There was an appeal, and despite the batsmen writhing in pain from the blow, I counted to five - and then, not being able to see any reason NOT to give it out, I raised my left index finger. The batsman eventually recovers from his pain to see the finger, and trudged off slowly rubbing his thigh. When he got to the boundary he threw the bat and complained to anyone that would listen about how it hit him on the thigh. One over later, he marched onto the pitch and said he was relieving me. I asked why, but he wouldn't give an answer, just insisted. I looked to my Club Captain for guidance, and he just shook his head in puzzlement. I reluctantly took off the umpire's coat handed it to him, saying that I found his disrespect for an umpire's decision apalling. I am a part qualified cricket umpire, and am completely impartial when umpiring. I umpire a game of cricket - not FOR my club. When I got to the boundary, I asked one of their senior players if the batsman in question would have done the same if he he'd been bowled neck and crop - or if an umpire belonging to his club had given the decision. They smiled nervously, and I left, thinking that I might have serious words with the person in question when the match finished and wishing to avoid this happening. Needless to say, I feel roundly insulted, having been considered incapable of impartially umpiring a game of cricket. I wait with interest to see how the rest of the game went. So, there you go. It isn't just brass band adjudicators that get abused - cricket umpires do too.