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11 March 2024


At the Lancashire ACO (LACO) AGM which was held at Ribblesdale Wanderers CC last week our President John Smith was unanimously elected President of LACO as well. This wholly ceremonial role was previously held by Tommy Wilson who sadly passed away last year and prior to Tommy was held by ex Test umpire John Holder.


John was the sole recommendation for the post by the LACO Committee who referenced his long association with LACO as an umpire in both the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield and the Lancashire League, as well as his work both as a Trainer for LACO and as a former Chair of the organisation.


John organised much of the Training of new umpires for our competition over many years and more recently has been involved as an LACO Developer, observing umpires all over the county who apply for promotion on the Umpire Pathway.


His appointment has been welcomed on social media with one post referencing how highly he is regarded and respected in the north west cricket fraternity for his contribution and services.


Rob Hales

Chair LACO

08 January 2024

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We will be running a club and panel umpire training workshop at Carnforth CC on Sunday 25 February 2024. Aimed at any new umpires who have completed the recently introduced ECB Umpires Course, it will provide additional information which Lancashire ACO believe all umpires need before umpiring in competitive league cricket. Existing club umpires may also attend as a refresher.

If you are interested in attending this course, which will require some pre course work, please email Rob Hales on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If there is sufficient demand we will consider having an additional course at BAC Preston in March so please note in your response the venue you would prefer but note their is no guarantee that the Preston course will take place as it will depend upon demand.

The cost of the course will be £20.

04 December 2023

ECB Umpiring Course 2024 - Lancaster - Cumbria / Lancashire


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This course is designed to give new umpires the key skills, knowledge and confidence to stand as an umpire in cricket. No prior experience of umpiring in cricket is required before attending the course.

Whether you plan to support Junior Softball cricket through to adult cricket, this course will cover the following topics:

- Understanding the role of the umpire
- Gain a basic understanding of umpiring the game
- Answering appeals and the common methods of dismissal
- How to communicate effectively with all stakeholders in the game
- Judging whether or not it is safe to play

The course is split into classroom and practical learning, so we recommend learners to come dressed appropriately.

Learners will be asked to complete some e-learning prior to attending the course, which will take no more than 90 minutes to complete in total. Pre-learning can be completed via multiple visits or in one go.

Learners must be 14 years of age at the time of the course.

Cost £70.00

Post course, learners will have the confidence and competence to go and umpire at appropriate levels within recreational cricket.

* £40 of the course fee will be reimbursed once candidates have successfully completed all tasks and have umpired five matches on behalf of the Palace Shield/Northern League Panel - Contact Rob Hales

03 October 2023

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Steve Beswick is the Nompere panel umpire of the year winner for 2023 with Roy Saunders winning the John Smith Trophy for best panel newcomer. 

The club umpire of the year is Paul Kingham of Torrisholme with an average score of 4.70 from 10 games marked.

The umpires together with the winners of the batting, bowling and wicketkeeping prize for each division will receive an award at the annual dinner.

29 August 2023

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Dear All

Just to confirm that we will continue with our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions during the autumn winter. At the moment we have booked the first Monday in October and November at BAC Preston starting at 7.30. I will issue reminders nearer the time. We will also arrange further session prior to the start of next season probably Feb-April.


With ECB having taken over umpire training from ACO there is now no training available for existing umpires other than CPD. If you can you should do your best to attend although I do understand some have other commitments that clash.
With the advent of live streaming I do have a number of incidents to show, I don’t intend to get the permission of umpires to use these stream extracts, I hope everybody is aware that the purpose of using these clips is not to criticise but merely to help your colleagues many of whom will have made similar decisions or have acted in the same way.
Our AGM will take place prior to the November meeting but with the prior circulation of officers reports shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes and will then be followed by the CPD training sessions.
Our sessions are open to all so feel free to invite any club umpire you know who would like to attend.
11 August 2023


I have been informed that Derek Williams former Secretary to the Palace Shield Umpires Association has died.

Derek’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 29th August at 11.30 am at St. Anthonys Church, Cadley Causeway, Preston



John Smith

07 August 2023

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Two of our Northwest Umpires Association umpired in the prestigious Bunbury Festival at the ECB Performance Centre at Loughborough this week.

The Festival has been running since 1987 for the best under-15 boys throughout the country.

North West Association of Cricket Officials' Lydia Purvis is photographed with Deputy Appointments Secretary Ansh Bansal

On Thursday 3rd August they umpired a 50-over game between London and the East versus the South & West

On Friday the 4th of August, they umpired two separate T20 games on different grounds.

Many congratulations to both


Lydia Ansh

13 July 2023

I am sure you will join me in congratulating our members who have been appointed by the ECB to various significant games:

Lydia Purves and Ansh Bansal - the Bunbury Festival

Matt Plummer - ECB County u18s Plate Final at Kibworth

and particularly Lydia who has also been appointed to the u13 and u15 Girls Club final to be held at Lords on 2 September.

We wish all of them good luck in their respective games.

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