Air horn at Cup Match an inconsiderate, nuisance act that must be stopped

Several complaints have been raised about the excessive, indiscriminate use of air horns at this year’s Cup Match Classic.

At least one, seemingly super powered device was particularly disruptive and often overwhelmed on-site radio broadcasts and was bothersome to neighbouring sky-boxes.

“People pay a lot of money for these camps sites and deserve to be able to hear each other and the game, rather than constant noise from an air horn,” said one patron. “Normal air horns are one thing, but whoever was producing that racket was not using a normal air horn and it really devalued the Cup Match experience, not to mention that of neighbouring camps that had to endure that for two straight days.”

The constant activation of noise from the pneumatic device designed to create an extremely loud noise for signalling purposes, usually consisting of a source which produces compressed air, which passes into a horn through a reed or diaphragm.

What had to have been a commercial grade device produced a racket akin to warning signals given off by semi-trailer trucks (tractor trailers), fire trucks and long range warning sirens used to warns an areas citizenry about impending danger, items not appropriate nor designed for recreational usage.
St George’s MP Kim Swan, who was at the match, told TNN’s Trevor Lindsay that he would be suggesting to club officials that they regulate the use of air horns, specifically the type and maximum decibel level allowed.

“I happen to have experienced it first hand with a lot of friends and family who are seniors and my heart goes out to them,” said Swan while visiting the broadcast box at the eastern end of the venue, directly opposite the luxury box that was producing the nuisance noice. “They don’t have the option of coming here, where I am right now, to get away from it.

“But it’s ear piercing and it’s very inconsiderate and I believe that at Cup Match some regulations, which can come from the clubs, need to be put in place for consideration for others as it relates to the air horns in particular.

“I think that the music that we’ve come to appreciate have all shown respect and cease to play when play is going on, but today we saw the umpires stop playing and we saw players go there and complain and then go there and gesture to them after they actually had a bit of success.

“But that takes away from the game. It takes away from the time to consider that. It takes away from the time that goes into playing.

“It also takes away from the enjoyment of the game and it’s a tremendous amount of inconsideration that has taken place here. Disrespect for others and that is not what the spirit of this Cup match has really been about. It’s been a very good Cup Match, not withstanding that we did not score enough runs or taking enough wickets in the first innings, but not withstanding that, it’s the game.”

St George’s star player Delray Rawlins was seen to complain to match officials on at least one occasion regarding music being played after every ball bowled, when the traditional allowance is for such to take place between overs and during breaks in action, such as when a wicket is lost, water breaks, lunchtime and during the afternoon tea break.

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