Umpiring fillip for Norfolk

ECB Association of Cricket Officials

Norfolk's umpiring ranks have been boosted by the addition of 24 newly qualified ECB Level 1 officials.

The new recruits passed the exam for the Level 1 qualification held over the winter by the Norfolk Association of Cricket Officials in conjunction with the Norfolk Cricket Board.

The newly qualified umpires can now umpire for their clubs and it is hoped some will go on to join the Norfolk Umpires panel.

The NCB's cricket development manager, Kieron Tuck, was pleased with the new recruits.

“Both the NACO and the NCB are delighted with the response to our two winter umpiring courses," he said.

"We hope that the 24 newly qualified umpires are able to utilise their skills during the 2010 season and beyond. We'd also like to thank the EDP, clubs and the leagues for their assistance in promoting these courses and producing some excellent candidates.

“It is great to see the NCB and NACO working effectively together to develop officiating in Norfolk. Both organisations, along with the main leagues in Norfolk, realise that much more hard work and co-operation will be needed to recruit and train more umpires over the coming years.

"This in turn will maintain and develop the cricket experience for players at all levels. This winter's work on the Level 1 courses is the first significant step.”

Tuck and NACO umpire training officer Ken Ellis are already thinking ahead to next winter's Level 1 courses. It is likely that there will be two more courses during the winter with details to be announced in the autumn.

Anyone wishing to express an early interest in gaining a Level 1 umpiring qualification should contact Ken on 01603 891384 or email ken.theresa@tiscali.co.uk