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19 April 2022

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We have now developed an automated system to request a panel umpire to stand in a club game in Div2-4 or on Sundays etc.


Please ensure that you follow the new procedure by accessing the link to apply on the Palace Shield website rather than emailing the Umpire Appointments Secretary. The new process will be manged by Ansh Bansal, will save time and ensure that all parties have an audit trail of their request and any responses. It will be the clubs responsibility to contact the umpires via email once notified to finalise details.




Palace Shield

Umpire Appointments Secretary

14 October 2021


28 September 2021

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Dear All


Just a reminder, as mentioned in an email a few weeks ago, we will be holding CPD sessions face to face at BAC Preston on the 2nd Monday of each month starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome and they don't have to be members of the panel.


No need to book just turn up on the day. I will issue a reminder by email about a week before with details of what we will cover.


Obviously the pandemic is still among us and I would request that anyone who has any symptoms does not attend and if you can take a lateral flow test before coming that would show consideration for everyone. These are readily available from supermarkets and chemists are free of charge and easy to conduct.


The first session on Monday11th October will cover Player Management with the second on Monday 8th taking place immediately after the AGM and covering Regulations and DL.


I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in attendance.



24 August 2021

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In a first for League Cricket in Lancashire two female officlas were appointed and stood in the Division One game between Chorley 2XI and Netherfield 2XI.

Panel Umpire Lydia Purvis who is in her first season of Panel Umpiring was joined by Jasmine Naeem, fresh from duties in the Womens Hundred competition.


If any one is interested in umpiring or scoring they can contact Rob Hales or visit the Lancashire ACO website for more information on training.

You can attend a FREE ONLINE Level One umpires course by clicking the link -

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17 August 2021


This Sunday sees the final of the Lancashire Knock Out Final at Emirates Old Trafford between Ormskirk and Burnley. I am delighted to say that two of our panel have been selected to officiate at this prestigious event, the premier club cup competition in the county. Congratulations go to Hillal Namajee and Adrian Darlington whose on field performances over recent seasons have justified their appointment to this game.


28 October 2020

The Competition is saddened to hear of the death of Chris Clegg

Chris died peacefully on Wednesday 21st October, aged 86 years

Chris was a lovely man who always had a smile and time for people

Chris played a prominent role in  Lancashire Cricket being Secretary to Longridge CC

Prior to becoming the Palace Shield Umpires Secretary in the 1990s

He continued to umpire until 2004 and still attended to support the Umpires Meetings even after we merged with the Northern League Umpires

Dearly loved husband of Heather, and will be sadly missed by all his family & friends.
The funeral service will take place at Longridge Parish Church of St. Lawrence on Friday 6th November at 10.00 am, prior to committal at Preston Crematorium.
Attendance at both the Church and the crematorium are restricted, those wishing to pay their respects are welcome but please do adhere to current social distancing regulations.
Family flowers only please, donations if so desired to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation



21 September 2020

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Congratulations and many thanks to the umpires who were selected and stood in this seasons finals.

Level 1 Ken Ashworth & Matt Plummer 3rd Umpire Phil Watmough

Level 2 Dean Oldfield and Gulum Abbas 3rd Umpire Rob Hales

Level 3 Steve Hamer and Peter Tuson

Level 4 Martin Lewis and Michael Burke

Twenty20 - Hilal Namajee & Adrian Darlington

27 August 2020


The Lancashire ACO have launched a new website.

This new website includes information and links  for prospective umpires as well as links to the league regulations and some excellent CPD material which would be of interest to umpires, players and club officials.

The address is

Chairman LACO

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