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Drive to recruit more league umpires

The All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League has launched a drive to recruit new umpires for the 2020 season.

Two training courses have been organised and the league is appealing to former players and cricket followers to become match officials.

League chairman David Young told clubs at the recent agm that the recruitment of new umpires was the top priority for the league. 

He said: "We desperately need to recruit and train new umpires because numbers have dwindled in recent years as umpires have retired and recruitment hasn't kept pace with this.

"We would dearly love to be able to staff every match with two panel umpires, but last season showed we are well short of achieving that goal."

The league is offering to pay the course fees for all candidates who go on to become members of the umpiring panel or serve as club umpires throughout the 2020 season.

The courses will be staffed by ECB ACO tutors and will prepare candidates for the challenge of umpiring in the Bradford Premier League.

A Stage One course will be held on Saturday, February 22 and a  Stage Two Course on February 29 from 10am to 4.30pm at Pudsey Congs. 

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