Starter courses for cricket umpires

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THE Durham Cricket Board has launched a training programme for new umpires and scorers, plus refresher sessions for existing officials.

A one-day introduction to umpiring, on Sunday, November 9 (10am-1pm) is free to all at the Emirates ICG in Chester-le-Street. A taster session for scorers, which is also free, will be held at the same time.

Following that, there is an ECB Level 1 umpire course over seven evenings in January and February, giving entrants the chance to qualify as umpires, priced £40.

Entrants can qualify as a scorer by taking a course over two Sundays in February and March, with an exam on Monday, March 9. The course costs £40.

There are further courses for qualified umpires, including a Level 1A course on October 11-12, priced £30.

To book your place, or for additional information, contact Keith Sutherland on 07860 876 703 or by email to