• High Wycombe CC
  • Great stop by Robin Pritchard against Herefordshire. Photo: sportsshots.org.uk
  • The impressive backdrop of Sedbergh School's ground
  • Bucks bowling in the T20 final at Wormsley
  • Chesham CC
  • Well caught sir. Jason Harrison, ever the gentleman. Photo: sportsshots.org.uk

Umpire shortage

Published: Thursday, 29 November 2018

There is a distinct shortage of umpires at local level,  and the Bucks Association of Cricket Officials (BACO) are trying to do something about it.
BACO, in association with the ECB, are running courses in the New Year to train new umpired, so that they could be standing in league matches in 2019.
Both young cricket enthusiasts and more experienced cricketers are encouraged to attend the courses.
There are two stages to the process.

Stage One will give an overview of the laws and field craft to enable attendees to umpire matches at recreational level.
Those who want to progress further can also attend Stage Two, which is designed to enable them to become members of a league panel.
There are two venues for the courses - one in the north of the county and one in the south.

STAGE ONE DATES AND VENUES (There is no exam involved with stage 1 and is a good enough qualification to umpire in TVL Division 3 games and you can be asked umpire at your own club)
Drayton Parslow Sports & Social Club (near Milton Keynes): Saturday January 19 & 26, 9am-3pm.
Penn & Tylers Green CC (near High Wycombe):  4 successive Thursdays February 7-28, 7.30-9.30pm.

STAGE TWO DATES
Drayton Parslow: Saturday  February 2 & 9, 9am-3pm.
Penn & Tylers Green: 4 successive Thursdays  March 7-28, 7.30-9.30pm.
To register, go on line to the ECB website, under the 'Be Involved' tab and 'Find a Course'.
Any queries should be addressed to the BACO education officer Mark Greaves, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.