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16 October 2017


Following the announcement of enhanced cooperation between the Northern Premier Cricket League and the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield, the umpires organisations that serve both leagues have been considering the best way for them to support both leagues going forward

At a meeting on Wednesday 11th October the new North West Association of Cricket Officials (NWACO) was formed and has been granted the sole right to appoint umpires to both leagues with effect from the 2018 season.

Bob Veitch was elected Chairman with Alf Dunn Secretary/Treasurer and Rob Hales Umpires Appointments Secretary in which role he will serve on the Executive of both leagues subject to ratification at the league AGMs.

In addition to appointing umpires one of the main Objectives of the new organisation is " to work closely with the Management Committees of both Leagues in furthering the interest, well being and advancement of cricket in the area." The NWACO is open to all to all umpires and scorers including those who stand for individual clubs and don't wish to be part of the league panel, subscription being a mere £5 per annum. Any umpire, scorer or prospective umpire or scorer interested in becoming a member should contact Alf Dunn Hon. Secretary/Treasurer by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

One of the first tasks is to organise training in the new MCC Laws of cricket for its members and the players and officials of clubs in both leagues, more details will be announced in the next couple of months with training likely to take place in the new year.

Speaking at the inaugural meeting  Bob Veitch, Chairman said " We now look forward to serving both the Northern Premier Cricket League and Moore and Smalley Palace Shield and improving the standards of all of our members as the two leagues enter a new and exciting future".

16 October 2017


The club umpire of the year is Sean Patterson of Gregson Lane who scored an average of 4.73 out of 5.

This award will be presented at the Annual Dinner on Friday 10th November. Tickets are available from Dave Lever.

04 October 2017

Umpire 641

The first new Code of the Laws of Cricket since 2000 will take effect around the world from 1 October 2017.

The significant changes to the 42 Laws are as follows:

  • Now written in language applying to all persons, regardless of gender.
  • The Handled the ball Law has been deleted, with its contents merged into Obstructing the field.
  • The Lost ball Law has been deleted and is now covered under Dead ball.
  • Limits placed on the thickness of the edges and the overall depth of the bat.
  • Injuries hoped to be prevented in a new Law which allow mechanisms tethering the bails to the stumps.
  • Bowling of deliberate front foot No balls to be treated in same way as deliberate full-tosses.
  • A new Law of the game, Players’ conduct, is introduced, giving an in-match consequence for poor on-field behaviour.
  • The Law regarding running out the non-striker has been altered.
  • 'Bouncing bat’ Law changed, substitutes now allowed to keep wicket and concept of penalty time amended.

The summary changes to the Laws of Cricket 2017 Code can be viewed here.



22 September 2017


After every game team captains mark the panel umpires performance in five different categories, total marks available 25. At the end of each season, the umpire with the highest average mark is awarded the Nompere Trophy. This trophy is named after the late Brian Costin.

This year the trophy is awarded to Dave Jenkins who averaged 23.97/25 or 95.88% second was Geoff Sheard with 95.38% and third Martin Burke with 95.2%.

Congratulations to Dave on this well-deserved award and well done to Geoff and Martin for an excellent season.

All marks are fed back to the umpires together with captains comments so that we can continue to improve standards.

15 September 2017


Are you required to umpire for 5 or 10 overs at the weekend? Are you confident in the white coat? If not the ECB Association of Cricket Officials can help…

Designed to help you during your 10 over stint of umpiring on game day, ECB ACO's ‘Occasional Umpire’ resource contains the umpiring basics ranging from the key Laws to basic field craft. Use this resource as you wish, view it once or return frequently throughout the season to refresh your knowledge.

This resource is free for you to improve the game day experience for yourselves, your teammates and your opposition!

Link to access the resource -> ECB ACO's ‘Occasional Umpire’ resource

If you want to find out more about umpiring and scoring in Lancashire contact LCB ACO Chairman John Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Secretary Phil Watmough This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

18 August 2017
As you know on Wednesday 11 October the final season end meeting of the Palace Shield Umpires Association will be held at 7.30pm at BAC Preston. This will be followed at 8.15pm by the inaugural meeting of the new NW Association of Cricket Officials (NWACO) when we will be joined by our colleagues from the Northern League Umpires Federation. At this meeting we will elect the Officers and Committee for the new Association.
Nominations (with a Seconder) for the Committee need to be received at least 14 days prior to the meeting (i.e.) no later than 27 September. Nominations in writing or by email can be sent to myself or Derek Williams our Hon Sec. Please consider who you wish to elect on your behalf, the EC will consist of: 
Hon Secretary/Treasurer (combined post)
Appointments Secretary
4 "Ordinary" members 
This will be an important meeting where elections for the coming year will be held and only those in attendance will be entitled to vote. I would ask you to attend if at all possible.
Derek - will issue the Agenda for both meetings in due course.
04 August 2017

This is week 16 of the season so I will require the second umpires form from all teams in Div 2 to 6.  This covers the games from Jun 17th to the coming weekend.  If you were late sending the last one in and included games after 3rd June, I will need the details again as I didn't record them at the time.

Please get these in asap after Saturday to avoid a fine - n.b. those without a game this weekend can send them in now.


07 June 2017



A Northern Premier League (NPL) Umpire responds to the Lancashire Evening Post Article written under the heading UMPIRES’ RULE HAS LEAGUES IN A SPIN on Wednesday 31 st May 2017 (Page 44).

The Palace Shield Rules (PS) state that an Umpire shall retire on attaining the age of 70 years. However an Umpire can be retained beyond that age dependant on being ‘fit and able.’ Many fit and able people, over the age of 70 years, are successfully Umpiring in the PS today.

Being fit and able is vital for an Umpire to perform his match duties competently and it is also important that they know the laws of cricket. The PS have an excellent training programme to ensure that their Panel Umpires are fully conversant with the games’ laws.

The PS is a well run League with grounds and pitches well prepared and many of the Teams in the top Division of the PS are a match for the NPL Division One Teams. 

I am looking forward to the NL and PS link-up, for the 2018 Season, in the knowledge that Umpires will be selected on their abilities and fitness and knowledge of the laws of cricket, with games being closely contested on well prepared pitches and grounds.

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