The Bucks Association of Cricket Officials will be holding two ECB Association of Cricket Officials Level 1 umpiring courses starting in January 2017. The courses will run for eleven weeks.
One will be at: Great Brickhill CC on Wednesdays (start date: Wednesday 25 January).
The other will be at: Penn & Tylers Green CC on Thursdays (start date: Thursday 26 January).
Each evening will start at 19.30hrs and run for approximately two hours. On the final evening there will be an examination (Level 1) set by the ECB ACO.
The cost of the course will be £60 for each person; this fee will cover:
£30 – cost of ECB ACO starter pack
£30 – to cover county local costs.
The ECB ACO starter pack will include an MCC Law Book and the current edition of Tom Smith’s “Cricket Umpiring & Scoring”.
The local county cost will include one year’s subscription to the Bucks ACO (£15).
For those students under 18 years, the total cost will be reduced to £45; this will be to cover the cost of the ECB ACO starter pack & a contribution towards costs. The local county fee of £15 will be waived.
In addition, any new candidate can elect to join the national association (ECB ACO); the additional fee will be £20.
If you have any questions or wish to sign up contact:
Education Officer: A.F. English, 24, Fremantle Road, High Wycombe, Bucks. HP13 7PQ
In 2017 Bucks will celebrate its 1000th match of Minor Counties cricket. During their 1001st game which is against Norfolk at Burnham CC on Sunday 18 to Tuesday 20th June (Their 1000th match is away against Suffolk), the club intend to have two celebration lunches. The first will be on Sunday 18th for former players and officials and the second on the Monday 19th which will include clubs, members, sponsors etc. Further details and invitations will be sent in the new year.
Bucks currently have five home grown players playing first class cricket: Alex Hales (Notts, England), Tom Hampton (Gloucs), Tom Helm (Middx), Charlie Macdonell (Derbys) and Said Zaif (Northants).
Bucks suffered an agonising and dramatic last-ball defeat against Oxfordshire in the semi-final of the Minor Counties Wormsley Invitational T20 on Friday.
Having made 141-9 in their 20 overs, Bucks bowled well to leave Oxon needing 16 runs to win from the last over bowled by Cameron Parsons.
Having scored nine from the first five balls, Oxon wicket-keeper Jonny Cater then hit the last ball for six to tie the scores.
Oxon, who included Sussex one-day specialist quick bowler Tymal Mills in their side, won the semi-final by virtue of having lost fewer wickets and went on to defeat Bedfordshire by 18 runs in the final of this inaugural competition.
Against Bucks, Mills took an economical 1-10 in his four overs.
For Bucks there were good innings by young opener Alex Woodland (36) and his Gerrards Cross teammate Dan Hampton, who hit a rapid 33.