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Posted 20131103: Go to the AGM page for a sight of Barrie Holland's report to AGM 2013 on the umpiring state-of-play.
Posted 20130612: Here's a copy of the circular sent to all umpires (and club captains), about excessive appealing, distracting of batsmen, and leg-side Wides.
Posted 20130415: Umpires are being advised on how to deal with LBW appeals and Wide balls which crop up when a batsman is attempting Reverse Sweeps/Switch Hits. That advice will be based upon a guidance paper from the MCC (from here). For the record, France Cricket have also taken this guidance on board in their regs for 2013.
Posted 20130101: The Regulations page contains the regulations for both the Siddalls Regional League and the Siddalls Cup, with the role of umpires being reinforced in all matters concerning playing conditions. You'll also find there the match report form, together with the match-day actions document which summarises all the procedures pre-/during/post-match.The regulations explain the single question to be put to captains pre-match about youngsters. And if there any such youngsters selected, then the ECB guidelines are also available - all this material is to be found on the Regulations page.
And still valid for season 2013 is the following:
Most of our cricket is played on a mat of some sort, generally less wide than the 10ft required by the laws. Thus, strictly speaking, there is nothing illegal about a bowler pitching the ball off the mat but within the 10ft pitch area. However, the off-mat area will be of a different texture from the mat surface and so is liable to generate inconsistent bounce. Even more unpredictable is the case where the ball pitches on the edge of the mat.
Consequently, and for consistency of application, the following rule shall apply in ACCSO League and Cup matches:
Any ball that pitches off the mat or on the edge of the mat shall be called 'dead ball' by the umpire at the bowler's end. The umpire at square leg shall call a dead ball if he thinks that the wicket keeper has been put at a disadvantage by a ball striking the rear edge of the mat. This rule shall be pointed out to captains before the start of the match and consideration shall be given to any 'local rules' that may have been in force.
Posted 201201017: A very interesting BBC Sports site for umpires, scorers (and players?) about the Laws, signals and such: from here.
Posted 20120702: On the Good to Know! page, there's guidance from the French sporting authorities about the management of games during very hot weather. Umpires should be aware and act accordingly.
Posted 20101017: The 4th Edition of the 2000 Code is now in force. The changes are summarised here.
Version date: 3rd November 2013.