CRICKET: Course to address Lincolnshire umpire crisis

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An acute shortage of umpires is causing concern to leagues throughout Lincolnshire and former players and all those thinking about taking up umpiring are being invited to help solve the problem by signing up for a course.

The Lincoln and District Umpires Association is running an ECB ACO Level 1 course this winter which is suitable for those wishing to start umpiring for their club or in local leagues.

No previous knowledge is expected, but most who take part will have played or had at least some informal experience of umpiring. It is also of interest to those who would like to understand more about the game and its laws.

Venue is Lincoln University Sports Campus on Brayford Pool, Lincoln, and the course takes place over consecutive Saturdays from January 18 to February 8 next year, 10am till 5pm each day.

Cost is £80 which includes all course materials, copies of The Laws of Cricket and Tom Smith’s Cricket Umpiring and Scoring – the “Bible” of cricket umpires – as well as 12 months’ membership of the ECB ACO (which includes insurance whilst umpiring) and the Lincoln and District Umpires Association.

Applications should be made to Bryan Smith, 12 Redwood Avenue, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7TJ; alternatively e-mail or telephone 07867 336100

Closing date for applications is December 1.