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NEDL Umpires Secretary Report

We held our AGM in December. Kimblesworth were promoted to the Durham Cricket League. We wish them all the best for next season. They will be a miss. We welcome Murton Cricket Club into our league who will have two teams in the coming season. We are also pleased to announce that Seaham Harbour have also entered a second team in the league. We hope both clubs enjoy new season with all our existing clubs.

 George Shaw

DCL Umpires Secretary Report

A successful AGM for umpires so lots happening in the DCL to make life better for umpires
and to improve the quality of our services to the clubs. Four key areas:
· Umpires fees increased (ACO members will now get £36 match fee and £17 for
evening games) plus 30p per mile expenses. Non ACO members will get a lower fee
so any umpires that are not members will find it better to become a member!
· New disciplinary system that mirrors the very successful NYSD system. A
player that receives a level 1 sanction in a game – that is reported to the Umpires
secretary by the umpire but for a first offence no further action is taken. If a player
receives a second level 1 sanction in the same season, then normal rules apply and
they will be faced with suspension.
· It will no longer be necessary to meet with and to say to clubs captains and
officials after a game, that a report will be made about behaviour or incidents. This
means that in the case of a game where there has been issues, umpires can leave the
ground without raising further issues which may inflame a situation. The same 72
hour reporting period still applies though.
· Radios to be always available.
Further, the league executive have agreed that the league will refund course fees for new
umpires who join the league. This refund can be extended to include some key umpires kit
too so new umpires are not faced with a big expense before their first games in a first
season with DCL. The Umpires secretary has a budget that will be applied to this. I
personally think this is major step forward in getting new people involved as umpires in
DCL and hopefully in future years, it will be applied to all upskilling and training.
I will be sending out full details shortly, along with an availability questionnaire and details
of three training session scheduled for late March and all umpires will need to attend one of
these. The sessions will hopefully be held in three different locations on different evenings
to encourage full participation - ideally Tudhoe, Philadalphia and Bill Quay.
Jonathan Wells 07753 822393

NYSD Umpires Secretary Report

After almost 20 years Stockton will be returning to the NYSD from the NEPL for the 2019
season with the first team playing in Division 2, the second team in Division 4 and the third
team in Sunday Conference North
After problems last year which caused the resignation of Guisborough second team from
Division 3 it is pleasing to report that they have been able to reform and the second team
will play in Division 4
Sedgefield have also formed a third team and they will play in Sunday Conference North
Durham Academy are to enter a team in the league’s T20 competition, the MacMillan Cup
DLS is to be used in the Premier Division and the 40 over league cup competition, The
Kerridge Cup
Pink balls are to be used in all of the senior cup competitions which adopted coloured
clothing two years ago in all cup competitions. In the 40 over Kerridge Cup a new pink ball
will be used from each end
In all cup competitions the delivery following any No Ball will be a free hit for the batsman –
this was only in operation in certain cups
Everyone will no doubt have heard of the new 100 ball ECB competition which kicks off in
2020. After the NYSD was given encouragement by the ECB to ‘pilot’ a competition it has
been decided that the 15 overs a side cups will now become 100 balls a side and known as
the NYSD Hundred.
Final rules for this cup have to be formulated but it is likely that bowlers will be limited to 2
overs each, the bowling will change end after a block of 10 balls and the Powerplay will last
for 25 balls. It will be interesting to see how this develops over the season – my main
concern is having umpired for 17 seasons I can only count up to 6 so 10 ball overs will be a
David Oliver
NYSD Umpire Co-Ordinator

NEPL Umpires Secretary Report

Well here we are January 2019 has arrived and now looking forward to slightly longer nights. Time to take stock and look at what is happening in the 2019 season. First there is the need to bundle all of last seasons handbooks into the bin as being Durham’s Umpires Appointments Officer I am indebted to those League Secretaries who send me their handbooks and always an interesting read prior to the season starting. I have had a bit of stick from Lady Brown as she cannot get the desk dusted for all the papers so now no excuse.

Despite the season ending in early September some of us are still umpiring with the BUCS games finishing at Riverside on the 1st December but the DCB games at Junior level do not finish until mid January. But the seniors finished a couple of weeks ago where South Shields were the winners and will represent Durham against the Northumberland winners, Tynemouth, at Riverside on the 6th January. Good luck to both sides.

There have been plenty of NEPL meetings following the end of the season mainly to determine the structure of the league. Sadly Brandon were expelled for not conforming to League rules regards Clubmark, the Durham Academy felt it could not continue playing on Saturdays due to a lack of players and Stockton were allowed to leave and join the NYSD. We welcome to the NEPL, DCL winners Crook Town, NTCL runners up Shotley Bridge and also Ashington from the NTCL. The league will play with 23 clubs for the 2019 season. Whilst most league officials are unchanged, Harry Stephenson is the new Discipline Secretary, bringing to the role many years of relevant experience. Martin Pollard has replaced Marcus North as a NCB representative.

Now to next season. The Availability letters have been sent out and all but three remain outstanding. We have taken on some new faces in Geoff Pollard from the Durham Cricket League , David Douse and Ron Blyth (who will stand on Sundays only) and Brian Giles from the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League. Tony Shields makes a welcome return, Keith Smith will now have a full season with us and Sam Blacklock will combine his heavy scoring duties with standing in the Sunday Division. Lest I forget Sam also won the ECB young scorer of the year award so well done Sam. We are also pleased to welcome Tom Quinn who joins us from Hampshire. 

We were also successful in having three of our umpires being successful in standing on the new ECB National List. Jeff Marshall, Brian Morris and Ian Warne will stand in Minor Counties, 2nd ECB and MCCU fixtures. 

We have 61 umpires on our panel with 51 standing in Saturday leagues and 10 doing Sundays for various reasons, whether umpiring on a Saturday in other leagues or still playing on Saturdays. I will always find games for new umpires coming off one of the courses run very successfully by Keith Sutherland and his band of brothers again my thanks and also to Keith Telford for running scorers courses so successfully that over 60 applied and a further course was hastily set up. Without these people cricket would suffer and their hard work is much appreciated. 

So we need 44 umpires for each Saturday with 7 spare although I said this last year but only one Saturday in the season had a full complement of umpires standing. I have asked this season that umpires should commit to 12 games on a Saturday and I would like to be able to provide any spare umpires to other leagues.

Turning to this coming season and what’s in store. Burnmoor and Burnopfield were promoted to the Premier Division with no club relegated. The normal start time for Premier Division matches will be half an hour earlier, a noon start, with earlier starts in April, the lat two Saturdays in August and September, because of deteriorating light. The fee of £38 will remain as will the travel at 35p per mile. All other divisions will start at 1pm with earlier starts for First and Second Divisions early and late season. Matches in the Third Division are being reduced from 105 overs to 95 overs, with the win/lose/draw format retained. All Third Division matches will start at 1.00pm.

The MCC has also introduced amended Laws 41.7 relating tobeamers and the umpire has now to use best judgement to decide whether a full pitched delivery is dangerous based on various factors including speed and direction. Details can be found on page 12 of the recently arrived ACO magazine.

Whilst dissent is not a major problem in the NEPL more can still be done with the onus falling on every umpire to clamp down on this and use the reporting method which is very straight forward. On several occasions umpires tend to deal with the matter on the field but rarely does this solve the problem and we will be stressing the matter at our pre-season meeting.

Finally I hope all NEPL Umpires and officials had a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to a peaceful New Year and my hope that where cricket is shown on television umpires can act correctly and call no ball. There is really no excuse in missing these.

Peter Brown
North East Premier League 
Umpires Secretary 


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