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Who received the gongs at the 2014/15 dinner?

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The 2015 LCU&SA annual dinner was held in the surroundings of Leinster Cricket Club on Friday night, and the wine and stories were flowing. 

The dinner also serves as the prize giving for the preceding year, and seven awards were handed out by President, Martin Block.

The Bill Frindall Award, presented to those scorers who have excelled was presented to Lorraine McKeaney of Malahide, whilst the President's award was presented to long time Treasurer, and former umpire, Norman Adams.

The two Fair Play awards went to cousins, as the Dickie Spence Award went to Eoghan Delany (Clontarf) as the one player who Division 1 and 2 umpires felt contributed most to the Spirit of Cricket. The Sean Pender Award for fair play in the divisions below 2, went to Gareth Delany of Leinster.

A new set of awards were created in 2013, with umpires being awards long service awards for 100, 250 and 500 matches. For one reason and another, three were missed last year, and Alan Tuffery (right) and David Walsh picked up their 500 match awards, and current Cricket Leinster President, Roland Bradley was also presented with his long service award.

A full gallery of photos, taken by Jim Gallagher, can be found over on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LCUSAssoc

Thanks to everyone who came. Another great night, and a fine way to usher in the new season.

Interpretation of wide regulation for 2015 announced

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After consultation with players, umpires and other interested parties, the LCU&SA has announced that it will change its interpretation of the wide regulation, to return to the "strict" leg side policy that was last used in 2013.

In competitions in Leinster where the "one day wide" regulation was used last season (Division 1-4 and cups, as well as Women's Division 1 and Cups), a profile wide was used, whereby a delivery that would have hit the batsman had he stayed in his normal stance, was not called a wide.

This was felt t be generally unpopular with players and umpires alike, and for the 2015 season, all deliveries that pass down the leg side in competitions using this regulation will be called as a wide - even those that narrowly miss the leg stump.

Although the Women's Section has not yet published its regulations for 2015, the Open Competitions Committee has announced that all cricket down to Division 6 (and associated cups) will have a leg side wide in operation.

Get your tickets for the 2015 Annual Dinner

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The annual dinner for 2015 is just around the corner, and what better way to usher in the new season?!

The dinner will once again be held in Leinster Cricket Club, and is set for Friday 27th March, the action kicking off at 7.30pm.

Tickets can be ordered from Kevin Gallagher using the application form here

 

So book your tickets for the now traditional start to the umpire's season!

Pre-season workshop coming up!

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There will be a pre-season workshop on Thursday 12th March at 8pm, held in the meeting room upstairs in Leinster Cricket Club.

All umpires, old and new are encouraged to attend, as this will involve great opportunities to widen your skills ahead of the new season.

Report from the 2015 IACUS conference

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The Irish Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers met on Saturday last for their annual general meeting and conference. A superb turnout saw over 70 umpires and scorers from all corners of the island. Especially welcome was our guest speaker, Paul Baldwin from the ECB First Class Umpire Panel.

 

Presentations on the day included sessions on recruitment; where Kevin Gallagher (LCU&SA) and Ger O’Sullivan (MCUSA) discussed some strategies for locating candidates and putting courses together.

 

There were a large number of scorers present also and Stella Downes brought them through the intricacies of the Frindall Linear Scoring system. This was particularly useful as it is required for Irish International matches and is likely to be extensively used in the World T20 Qualifier to be held in Ireland later this summer.

 

While the scorers were covering this the umpire group were presented with a series of disciplinary issues by Alan Neill (NIACUS) and Roland Black (NWCUSA). This topic provoked great debate and discussion as a consensus was sought in the perennial issues of what to report, what not to report and how to make the report meaningful. This session alone could have used more time than was available.

 

Cricket Ireland kindly sponsored a keynote speaker and arranged for Paul Baldwin to tell us about his journey from ICC Europe to the ECB First Class panel. In an excellent presentation Paul discussed with the group the challenges that that entailed, while at the same time stressing that his ICC Europe experience was vital. From stories on the challenges of umpiring matches broadcast live, to dealing with players on and off the field Paul was able to give us an insight into the challenges that full-time umpires face on a daily basis. His advice and shared experience in the areas of multi-day cricket and self-assessment will in particular be of great benefit to those present.

 

IACUS Chairperson Peter Thew presented to the meeting an update on the Strategic Plan for IACUS. In it he outlined some of the challenges that are likely to emerge over the coming years and gave details of likely advances in the local and international panels.

 

The last session was led by Mark Hawthorne, a member of the ICC Associate & Affiliate Umpire panel. Mark brought us through some of the training and continuous professional development that umpires at that level receive. It was fascinating and encouraging to see the amount of advice and material that is available to umpires through that system; much of which can be applied to umpires at all levels.

 

 

Somewhere in the midst of all that the conference somehow found time to hold an AGM. After 7 years on the committee Murray Power stood down in order to serve as President of Cricket Ireland. The meeting offered him thanks and best wishes. Peter Thew of LCU&SA was re-elected as Chairman for 2014, David Bradley re-elected as Vice Chairman and Noel McCarey returned as Hon Secretary.