‘Acute’ umpire shortage sparks plea for would-be officials

Cricket News.
Cricket News.

An acute shortage of umpires is causing concern to leagues throughout Lincolnshire.

Former players and all those thinking about taking up umpiring are being invited to help solve the problem by signing up for courses.

The Lincoln & District Umpires Association is running an ECB ACO Level 1 course this winter which is suitable for those wishing to start umpiring for their club or in local leagues.

No previous knowledge is expected, but most who take part will have played or had at least some informal experience of umpiring. It is also of interest to those who would like to understand more about the game and its laws.

The course uses the ECB ACO course book to supplement numerous slides showing situations in cricket matches and there will be practical demonstrations where possible. Qualified instructors will run the course.

The venue is Lincoln University Sports Campus on Brayford Pool, Lincoln and the course takes place over consecutive Saturdays, from January 18 to February 8 inclusive and from 10am to 5pm each day.

The cost is £80, which includes all course materials, a copy of The Laws of Cricket and of Tom Smith’s Cricket Umpiring and Scoring – the ‘Bible’ of cricket umpires - 12 months membership of the ECB ACO (which includes insurance whilst umpiring) and also of the Lincoln & District Umpires Association.

Applications should be made to Bryan Smith, 12 Redwood Avenue, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7TJ.

Email smith_bryan@sky.com or telephone 07867 336100.

The closing date for applications is December 1.