Moseby efforts rewarded

Moseby efforts rewarded

1st November 2007

Were David Moseby to pen a list of all his cricket responsibilities and duties in Devon, he would be scribbling away for as long as it takes to read the full set of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanacks.

Chairman of the Devon Cricket and Umpires Society (DCUS), committee member on the Devon County Board, training officer to more than 80 umpires annually, member of the Devon League management committee, occasional batsman and wicket-keeper for Harberton CC near Totnes and the Gemini FM cricket team in Exeter, umpire in the Devon Premier League and the guy who gets on the phone every week during the summer and organises around 40 umpires for every match played under the auspices of the Devon County Board.

He may well be busier now than when he worked full time as a business development manager for Abbey National but these days of so-called retirement, he does it all for the love of cricket. Moseby reckons he devotes around 24 hours each week to the DCUS, a commitment that recently earned him the ’Leagues and Boards’ award in the NatWest OSCAs.

And he has no intention of stopping. Indeed, umpiring in Devon has rarely been in better shape with a healthy increase in the numbers coming forward to train and qualify and among a certain younger element, a serious approach to umpiring as a career.

"In the penultimate match of the season, I umpired with a 21-year-old lad who is a fully qualified umpire and is quite serious about moving up through the ranks and possibly becoming the next Simon Taufel," he explained.

"At our training courses this winter, we will have around 80 attending of which 20 will be brand new to umpiring in Devon.

"We have 14 fully-qualified trainers at four separate training centres around the county and we are very well supported by the Devon County Board and many of the clubs. We are very lucky," he said.

Unusually, the DCUS is an independent body affiliated to both the Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers and to the ECB Officials Association. It is run by a management committee, has 170 members, its own constitution and its own disciplinary code, which has been so stringently applied that bad behaviour on the cricket field has been virtually eradicated.

"We are a very professional outfit with a lot of retired businessmen who have brought their management skills to the organisation. We get a lot of people coming to Devon to retire so we are lucky in that respect. I picked up the phone last year and spoke to Roger Tolchard, the former Leicestershire and England batsman. He was born in Torquay and was returning to the area so was interested in doing some umpiring.

"We have our own quality newspaper which is distributed every three months detailing all the law changes and training courses and we use the website and the leagues to advertise the training courses and encourage people to come along."

"We all love cricket and just want to get on with the job," said David who is also a husband, father of three grown-up children, an avid fan of Chesterfield FC and a keen squash player, .

"The Devon Cricket board is a marvellous organisation with people who spend hours and hours working for the benefit of Devon cricket. They treat us with great respect so everyone works well together. I want to be involved for as long as possible."

Click here to watch coverage of the 2007 NatWest OSCAs at Lord’s on ECBtv.