ACO, MCC and Tom Smiths….

ECB Association of Cricket Officials

The 2011 updated version of Tom Smith's will be available from July 21, priced at £18.99 RRP (plus postage and packaging).

But - all County ACO’s can purchase bulk orders of Tom Smith's on May 26 at a cost of £11.75 per book.

That is eight weeks before availability on the High Street with nearly a 40 per cent reduction on the RRP and no postage and packaging fee.

However, there is a limited window of opportunity. Interested ACO members are asked to immediately contact their respective ACO County Contact who will place a bulk order.

ECB ACO requires confirmation from each ACO County contact of the amount of books that each county wishes to purchase, by Tuesday May 10.

Delivery will be secured on receipt of a single cheque made payable to ECB ACO from the Local ACO or County Cricket Board. Once this has been received the delivery will be processed immediately following the publication on Thursday May 26 2011.

In order to protect our investment ECB ACO needs to secure orders for 2000 books before May 10. ECB ACO hopes all 40 counties can support this initiative.

Tom Smith's is a unique and invaluable educational resource, which complements the ACO education programme and is hugely important for the learning and development of umpires and scorers.

Therefore, ECB ACO is pleased to have been able to work together with the MCC to secure the best price possible for our members.

Fraser Stewart, MCC Laws Manager, said: "MCC is delighted to have entered an agreement with the ECB ACO to offer its members the chance to purchase the new edition of Tom Smith’s. The bulk deal will enable individual umpires and scorers to get their hands on the revised book at the earliest possible opportunity and, crucially, at a big discount from the RRP of £18.99."

We and would take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank MCC for their help and cooperation in securing this exclusive deal for our membership.