Cricket is always needing new umpires.
If you are a former player, if you are just keen on the game why not become an umpire. It enables you to keep or establish an association with the game, see a good standard of cricket, and the possibilities are almost limitless. Two Scotish umpires currently umpire one day internationals and indeed Ian Ramage is currently umpiring the under 19 world cup in Bangladesh partnering test match umpires.
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Phil Yelland's President's Address from the 2015 ESCA AGM has now been uploaded to the Downloads section of the website. It can be found filed in the 'General' category.
Bill Polson's Coaching & Youth Cricket report can be found in the 'Youth Development' category.
Whilst the 2015 season has just finished, the Committee have already been giving thought to the structure for next year.
From various conversations and the excellent debate on the Forum about structure it is clear that many individuals and clubs have views on how the structure might be improved to ensure the maximum number of games can be played.
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Teams are reminded that BOTH books must be scored in BOTH innings. Not every team has a scorer with them (and that can't always be helped) but Captains are reminded of their Duties in this regard. In particular, the Captain of the Batting side must ensure that BOTH SCOREBOOKS must be used while the game is in progress (it is not good enough to say “we'll get a copy at the end”) by TWO people, and that if there is no Scorer as such, members of the batting side must be deployed for this purpose.
The reason for this is obvious in that it minimises that chance of errors. In extreme cases, scoring irregularities could affect the result of the match. It may be that in the future we may have to use sanctions on teams who do not fulfill their duties in this regard.