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.
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".