Saggers named on umpire reserve list

ECB Association of Cricket Officials

Martin Saggers & Mark Ealham

Martin Saggers, left, had already dabbled in umpiring during the latter part of his playing career, which ended this year

Two new umpires have been added to the first-class reserve list for 2010, Paul Baldwin and Martin Saggers.

There are no additions to the full list, which now comprises 23 umpires following the retirements of John Holder and Mike Harris during 2009.

Paul Baldwin has been a member of the ICC Associate and Affiliates panel since its inception in 2005.

He has developed the majority of his umpiring in Germany under the guidance of the ICC-Europe region.

Baldwin moved back to England for the 2009 season and his high quality performances throughout the season have earned him a place on the reserve list.

Saggers retired from first-class cricket at the end of the 2009 season having already acquired his umpiring qualifications in 2004-05.

He found time to demonstrate his umpiring ability in between playing and is now presented with further umpiring opportunities.

ECB umpires’ manager Chris Kelly said: “We are pleased to welcome Martin and Paul onto the reserve list for 2010 which increases the number of umpires available at this level.

“Along with the other members of the reserve list there are now plenty of opportunities for them to demonstrate their officiating skills within our domestic game and to aspire to being at the forefront of officiating the sport.”

Richard Holdsworth, ICC-Europe regional development manager, said: “Paul has been involved in the Pepsi ICC development programme since 2002, and during that time has excelled with his knowledge and skills in umpiring, not only continuing his own education but also choosing to educate others.

“He has stood in a significant number of ICC European and global matches and tournaments, and his experience was duly acknowledged when he was selected on the ICC Associate and Affiliate International panel in 2005.

“It is great credit to Paul’s commitment to the programme that he has been selected on the ECB first-class reserve list.”

Umpires full list for 2010: Rob Bailey, Neil Bainton, Martin Bodenham, Nick Cook, Nigel Cowley, Barry Dudleston, Jeff Evans, Steve Garratt, Michael Gough, Ian Gould, Peter Hartley, Vanburn Holder, Richard Illingworth, Trevor Jesty, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Jeremy Lloyds, Neil Mallender, David Millns, Tim Robinson, George Sharp, John Steele, Peter Willey.

Umpires reserve list for 2010: Paul Baldwin, Keith Coburn, Ismail Dawood, Mark Eggleston, Steve Gale, Andy Hicks, Graham Lloyd, Steve Malone, Steve O’Shaughnessy, Martin Saggers.