Bolton Cricket 

 Umpires and Scorers Association.

 Est. 1930.

Sponsored By-----Bolton Lock Company Ltd.


     Hi Everyone.

                        At the Feb.2017 monthly meeting of northern umpires held at Unsworth CC. Nick Cousins  from ECB ACO. presented our sec. Karen Knott with the Hon. Life Membership ECB-ACO. Award for services to cricket. See full report on the ACO Northern Branch Page. ( Also see Photo page.)

At our AGM. on Jan16th 17 Chairman David Clitheroe stood down and was replaced by Alan Greenhalgh.    Members voted for Harold be the new Vice- Chairman.     We extend our sincere best wishes to all three gentlemen and wish David a speedy recovery from his recent illness. 

Our congratulations go to Farnworth S.C. Bolton League champions 2016 and also Walkden CC. Hamer cup winners 2016 well done to both clubs.

Congratulations to Horwich 2nd's on winning the Birtwistle Cup in 2016  in front of a large crowd at Horwich.

The Bolton League Umpires would like to say well done to all the junior teams especially league and cup winners. The Bolton League as a bright future thanks to all the junior coaches.

 The BCU&S. Ass. committee intend to carry on with an organised training schedule over the summer months, details are In our latest news below or you can contact Karen Knott or David Heap for more details. The weather interupted our outdoor training, i.e. video analysis of the LBW. Law as it as been impossible to arrange dates with the grounds being so wet. So our training as consisted of LAW DISCUSSIONS at our monthly meetings and courses at Astley Bridge CC. supervised by David Heap, and Karen Knott (for scorers.)  On Sunday April 2nd. 2017 the BCU&S. Association will hold a pre-season training day at TONGE CC. For both old and new umpires, supervised once again by DAVID HEAP and KAREN KNOTT. we hope all Members attend. The morning session will consist of LAW DISCUSSION,  NEW BCL. RULES, and RUN-RATE CALCULATION. After a free lunch the afternoon session will consist of  QUESTIONS/ANSWERS, plus a short 15 QUESTION QUIZ. The day will conclude at approx 3-15pm.

 Their is a new E.C.B. pathway to follow for all umpires in order to reach the top level i.e.  TEST CRICKET.    The ECB Are looking for young umpires to take up the challenge.

       SCORING.    Please note that a level 2 is now required for all premier leagues and opens the door to scoring county age group matches and Lancashire Ladies' games. Those who registered before the 31st. March deadline, will be contacted shortly.   For further details please contact Karen Knott.

       L.C.B. A.C.O. MEETINGS.  Umpires from local leagues meet through the winter months on the first Thursday in every month from Oct. until April.  The next meeting at UNSWORTH CC is on Thursday FEB. 2nd. 2017  at  7- 45pm.  All members and visitors are made welcome.The meetings are open to anyone interested in cricket. Full details are now posted on the ACO. (Northern Branch.) Page on this website.

         B.C.U. & S.    Future Newsletters will be on site in  April, and Oct. 2017. and Jan 2018. Dates for our monthly meeting can be seen on our HOME PAGE, we do ask as many members as possible to attend the meetings, as we are arranging for LAW DISCUSSION, QUIZ NIGHTS, and GUEST SPEAKERS in the coming months.

    LATE  NEWS.   

      It is with deep regret that our long serving and respected member CLIVE KNOTT passed away in Bolton Royal Hospital on Thursday evening 19/1/17.   After a long illness.     All our thoughts and sympathies are at this time with KAREN and family.      R.I.P. CLIVE.

                TRIBUTE TO CLIVE KNOTT.

      TRIBUTES have been paid to long-serving Bolton football referee and cricket umpire Clive Knott who has died.  Former school teacher and umpire CLIVE, aged 72, had been ill in hospital for the last three months.

      A well-known figure in Bolton football and cricket circles, the Great Lever man commanded respect from players of both sports for the way he handled games. It is rare for someone to referee or umpire for more than 40 years and Clive is understood to have been unique in doing it in both sports.  He umpired in the Bolton  Cricket League from 1974 and was a life member of the Bolton Football Referees' Society.

     A class one referee he officiated in a number of leagues including the Bolton Boys Federation, the Bolton Sports Federation, the Bolton Combination, Lancashire League and latterly in five-a-side leagues in Bolton and was a linesman in the North West Counties League.

    He met his wife, Karen –an umpire and secretary of the Bolton League Umpires' Association – when she came over from her native New Zealand on a working holiday.  They have two sons, Martin and Andrew, and two grandchildren,  James and Louis.

    A lifelong Bolton Wanderers supporter, Clive had a keen interest in football and joined the Bolton Referees' Society in 1968.   He was awarded the society's Merit Trophy for his service to the organisation – much of which was done behind the scenes and largely went unseen.  He was also honoured in cricket, being awarded the Hubert Pendlebury Memorial Award last year by the Bolton Cricket League for his services to the sport in the town.

     He taught at Thornleigh for most of his career and was also a Eucharistic minister at St William of York Church in Bolton. While at Thornleigh he formed his own referees' group, inspiring and helping youngsters to become referees.  The group included current Premier League referee Lee Mason, David Enright who made it into the Football League, and others who went on to referee at a good level.      Bolton Referees Society president Keith Whittaker said:    "Lee would probably say Clive was the person who set him on his way to becoming a referee and that without him he might not have done what he's done.  Clive received the society Merit Trophy for   "SERVICE-BEFORE-SELF",   a phrase which summed Clive up. "Players always called him     Mr Knott because of the respect he commanded and because a lot of them knew him through being a school teacher.  "He was one of the guys behind the scenes and he gave 40 years' service to cricket umpiring which doesn't happen very often." 
                  R.I.P. Clive you will be remembered by all your friends.

         The funeral was on Friday-Feb. 3rd. 9-30am. @ St. Williams Church. Lever Edge Lane, Bolton.

And  was attended by over 350 people.--- Former students, also cricket, football, family and friends. 

All  paying their respects to a lovely man.


  1.    All members wish our former long serving fixture sec. Eric Smith a speedy recovery from his recent illness.

  2    The B L. Umpires and Scorers Association wish to congratulate our Sec. Karen Knott who was awarded the LCB. OSCAS FOR 2014 in the category of UMPIRES / SCORERS.  WELL DONE   KAREN  you deserve this award for all the work you do for local cricket.

 3.    At our AGM. on January 16th. 2017 at Tonge CC. 7- 45pm. It is essential that all members attended to register themselves for availability to receive fixtures for the 2017  season. 

 4.    As the training day's held in March 2013/14/15/16 proved such a huge success we will  hold another on Sunday April 2nd. 2017 at  Tonge CC.10-30am-3-15pm. Supervised once again by our training officers David Heap and Karen Knott for both old and new umpires, as usual LUNCH will be provided free and all members are asked to attend. The day will consist of extended LAW DISCUSSION,  NEW BCL. RULES,  ECB.- LAW CHANGES, RUN-RATE CALCULATION and a short  QUIZ.  (See photos on home page of past years.)

 5.   Colleagues are reminded that "Excessive and orchestrated appealing" by players is a Level 1 Disciplinary Offence as is "Advancing towards the umpire in an aggressive manner"

Course for new and existing Umpires.

A Course aimed at helping people become umpires is being held in Bolton in the New Year.

ECB Association of Cricket Officials will be running a Level one cricket Umpiring course at:-

Astley Bridge Cricket Club Sharples Park, Bolton BL1 6PZ

The course starts:- Tuesday January 17th, for 8 weeks   at 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm and is aimed at anyone interested in becoming an Umpire in local leagues,   also for existing umpires looking to revise the laws of the game.             Cost of the course £40 (Course material included)        Cost of revision £15.

For more information contact:-   David Heap,     078 2115 4389        Course instructor.

  January's newsletter will feature a few words on one of our senior members.

   2012.      Eric Smith.
   2013.     Karen & Clive Knott.
   2014.     David Heap. (See photo, Gallery Page.)
    Malcolm Kinder.
2016.    Harold Marshall.

          This year 2017 the spotlight is on, long serving member. ---  SURESH  PATEL.

        SURESH was born in TANZANIA East AFRICA in 1955 and moved with his parents to INDIA in 1964, later in his youth he attended and graduated at S&S GANDHIA engineering college in SURAT INDIA before moving to the U.K. in 1976 at the age of 21.

       Suresh met Christine his wife to be in 1984 and as lived happily in Bolton ever since with  Christine they have 4 children  i.e. 2 boys  2 girls  and 1 grandson.

      Suresh started umpiring in 1990 in local midweek cricket and was encouraged by the late Fred Elmore to concentrate on local leagues and by 1991 started to take umpire exams.        Suresh later joined the  Bolton League and as umpired   2 Hamer Cup finals   2 Lancs. Knock Semi Finals  and recently the      ECB. Village Cup National Final held at York CC.

     Suresh also holds a level 2 coaching badge and he is always available to give advice to any new young umpire. For the past 10 years Suresh as worked tirelessly for local cricket doing voluntary work and helping local junior cricket expand. The local  BOLTON COSMO League is just one example of the work Suresh is known for.

     Just recently Suresh as suffered ill health but refuses to let it interfere with his cricket activities or umpiring. Suresh is a well respected member of  BOLTON UMPIRES ASSOCIATION and a friend to everyone long may it continue.


Match Day Administration. 

Will all captains and umpires please note that the following instructions must be carried out at all matches in the Bolton League.   

1st and 2nd Team + Cup matches - The Umpires will provide the Captain of each team with a team sheet and this must be completed in full with players names and age of the players under 19    (for bowling & fielding restrictions). -- The completed team sheet must be (signed on the back) by the Captain and given back to the Umpires prior to the toss of a coin. -----------                                                                      (This is required for Child Welfare purposes). 

Failure to comply will lead to Umpires reporting the Club/Captain to the League Secretary, which will then be passed to the R&C for the matter to be dealt with. .Then at the completion of the match – the result (including outstanding performances) must be entered on PLAY CRICKET BY THE HOME TEAM BEFORE 9-30AM. THE FOLLOWING DAY.–      Please note this is required for every single match.              

1stTEAM ONLY. A Match Result sheet must be forwarded to Stephen Merry (for address see Handbook) – this is to ensure records are kept up to date and again all rained off matches still require a result sheet to be forwarded - This procedure is    NOT REQUIRED for 2nd team matches.   

 ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT------   within 5 days of a completed match involving all  1st & 2nd Teams An Umpires mark sheet must be completed online via Crichq website email link (see email after match completion). – Please also ensure that a report sheet is forwarded for rained off matches fully filled out and signed for league record purposes.



The answers to the Summer quiz (No.12) on this Web which closed on the 30th. Sept. 2016. Are as follows............

                                               1. - B = Not Out.          2. -  B = Not  Out.

               3. -  B = No.           4.  B =  Not Out.           5.  - A =   Out.            6. -  A = Out.

           7.A = Out.            8. -   B = Side B by 1 wicket.            9.  - A =  Out.           10. -   A =  Yes.

                                                                      Only    52 Entries.  (Very poor responce.)

          Results  -  4 = 10/10,   -  7 = 9/10,   -   8 = 8/10,   -   15 = 7/10,   -   6 = 6/10,  -  12 = 5/10 or less. 

                                                    Thanks to all who took the time to enter.

                                    The following  four names  managed all 10 correct answers.

                  Andrew Coop.            Phil. Spencer.           Frank Hodgkiss.              David Flannagan.

                                         The above 4 names will be entered in a draw for the prize.


The following is part of the ACO. LCB. Newsletter re-umpires appointments.

Umpire Appointments.

 National Knockout umpires are appointed for the first 3 rounds by LCB - ACO on whos the umpire. com.  and then by the ECB for Regional Finals onwards.

Lancashire Knockout umpires are appointed by the LCB via Kevin Wilson.

 National KO, top division university matches, county under 17 and women's 1st X1 matches are the responsibly of the ACO's Regional Appointment Coordinator (RAC). He does consult with County Appointment Officers when making these appointments.

 In Lancashire, the ACO is responsible for appointing to county age group matches from U13 level for both boys and girls. A small sub-committee makes these appointments on behalf of the LCB.

 In selecting umpires for matches it is important to take into account the grade of the umpire, his or her experience and their aspirations. In general, the RAC will not appoint anyone, except in the early rounds of the National KO, anyone below the grade of C1. In Lancashire we use umpires from grade C1 down to C2* for LCB matches.  


Bolton Cricket

      Umpires and Scorers Association.

  Est. 1930.

Sponsored By----- Bolton Lock Company Ltd.

   Phone - 01942 811186.

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