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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.
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
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.Read more...
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.
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.