The marks from all recorded umpires’ forms concerning players’ behaviour (both for home matches and away matches) have
been averaged out over the season.   Ten clubs in the Championship have unsatisfactory average marks during last season and have all received notification and a request to improve for next season.  It is not intended to list these ten clubs this season but if the marks do not show an improvement next season, then they will be “named and shamed” at the end of next season and a possible points deduction proposal could be placed before the AGM.

However I do think it right to name those clubs who have received the top average marks last season and to thank them for making the umpires’ job easier as well as their contribution to enjoyable games of cricket.  Games of cricket that are not enjoyable to play in will only drive yet more players away from our beautiful game ……..so well done to:

Brockley, Bury St Edmunds, Dunmow, Long Melford, Walsham Le Willows and Worlington – all of whom did not drop a single mark throughout the season!

 and to Little Bardfield Village, Maldon and Woolpit who dropped only one or two points during the season.  It is worth recording that Woolpit’s mark was a combined mark for their 1st and 2nd XI so a particular well done to them…….

 This shows that it can be done and I hope to see an increased number of clubs on this list next season – well done to all these clubs once again.