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03 October 2023

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Steve Beswick is the Nompere panel umpire of the year winner for 2023 with Roy Saunders winning the John Smith Trophy for best panel newcomer. 

The club umpire of the year is Paul Kingham of Torrisholme with an average score of 4.70 from 10 games marked.

The umpires together with the winners of the batting, bowling and wicketkeeping prize for each division will receive an award at the annual dinner.

29 August 2023

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Dear All

Just to confirm that we will continue with our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions during the autumn winter. At the moment we have booked the first Monday in October and November at BAC Preston starting at 7.30. I will issue reminders nearer the time. We will also arrange further session prior to the start of next season probably Feb-April.


With ECB having taken over umpire training from ACO there is now no training available for existing umpires other than CPD. If you can you should do your best to attend although I do understand some have other commitments that clash.
With the advent of live streaming I do have a number of incidents to show, I don’t intend to get the permission of umpires to use these stream extracts, I hope everybody is aware that the purpose of using these clips is not to criticise but merely to help your colleagues many of whom will have made similar decisions or have acted in the same way.
Our AGM will take place prior to the November meeting but with the prior circulation of officers reports shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes and will then be followed by the CPD training sessions.
Our sessions are open to all so feel free to invite any club umpire you know who would like to attend.
11 August 2023


I have been informed that Derek Williams former Secretary to the Palace Shield Umpires Association has died.

Derek’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 29th August at 11.30 am at St. Anthonys Church, Cadley Causeway, Preston



John Smith

07 August 2023

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Two of our Northwest Umpires Association umpired in the prestigious Bunbury Festival at the ECB Performance Centre at Loughborough this week.

The Festival has been running since 1987 for the best under-15 boys throughout the country.

North West Association of Cricket Officials' Lydia Purvis is photographed with Deputy Appointments Secretary Ansh Bansal

On Thursday 3rd August they umpired a 50-over game between London and the East versus the South & West

On Friday the 4th of August, they umpired two separate T20 games on different grounds.

Many congratulations to both


Lydia Ansh

13 July 2023

I am sure you will join me in congratulating our members who have been appointed by the ECB to various significant games:

Lydia Purves and Ansh Bansal - the Bunbury Festival

Matt Plummer - ECB County u18s Plate Final at Kibworth

and particularly Lydia who has also been appointed to the u13 and u15 Girls Club final to be held at Lords on 2 September.

We wish all of them good luck in their respective games.

06 June 2023


Dear All


It has come to my attention that some players in the county, especially spin bowlers, may be using the above substance (mainly used by Rugby players to help them grip a wet ball). Although the use of this may not effect the condition of the ball and therefore action under Law 41.3 may not be appropriate Law 41.2 covers unfair play not covered elsewhere in the Laws. Should you become aware of the use of this or similar substances you should follow the process outlined in Law 41.2 and ensure you report that matter on your post match report.


Umpires should regularly check the ball and monitor the behaviour of players throughout the game.





09 May 2023



Although now in May, please find a link to the April 2023 Newsletter including tribute to Tommy Wilson who passed away in march.

Click Here to read

05 April 2023



At last nights umpires meeting it was agreed that ever since COVID the length of drinks breaks have increased with many players leaving the field without advising the umpires resulting in delays in restarting the game.

The umpires have agreed that this habit should stop and we request that this season players advise the umpire should they wish to leave the field at any point in accordance with Law 22 and tradition.. This will allow the umpires to mange the pace of the game be aware when players have left the field.

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