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4th June 2024

ECB Umpiring Course - Liverpool

This course is designed to give new umpires the key skills, knowledge and confidence to stand as an umpire in cricket. No prior experience of umpiring in cricket is required before attending the course.

Whether you plan to support Junior Softball cricket through to adult cricket, this course will cover the following topics:

- Understanding the role of the umpire
- Gain a basic understanding of umpiring the game
- Answering appeals and the common methods of dismissal
- How to communicate effectively with all stakeholders in the game
- Judging whether or not it is safe to play

The course is split into classroom and practical learning, so we recommend learners to come dressed appropriately.

Learners will be asked to complete some e-learning prior to attending the course, which will take no more than 90 minutes to complete in total. Pre-learning can be completed via multiple visits or in one go.

Learners must be 14 years of age at the time of the course.


Cost £70.00

Post course, learners will have the confidence and competence to go and umpire at appropriate levels within recreational cricket.




You must be 14 or over to register for this course, if under 18 parental permission must be obtained before you proceed.

14 July 2024


Whitefield CC

Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Bowring Park

Liverpool, MSY L16 3NA

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Dave Laybourne

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22nd May 2024

Contacting Kev Wilson

Dear all, until further notice Kev Wilson will not be contactable between 4.00pm to 7.30pm and also after 10pm.


If you need to contact him then can I ask that you only do so outside of these times.


Your help in this is greatly appreciated.

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Dave Laybourne


29th January 2024

Stephen Fildes 1000th Appointment

Our colleague and friend, Stephen Fildes, has just achieved his 1000th umpiring appointment.

To mark this tremendous achievement the following was sent on behalf of the Gold Coast Cricket Umpires & Scorers Association. MCUA would like to echo these sentiments and we are looking forward to seeing Stephen officiate with us again in the spring.

On behalf of the Executive, I would like to congratulate Stephen Fildes on his 1000th umpiring appointment


Stephen will be officiating the Round 16 1st Grade Match Surfers Paradise v Burleigh at Cambio Group Oval with Rod Rice for the 3rd and 10th February to bring up this achievement.


We are all aware of Stephen’s umpiring travels but to summarise, these 1000 matches includes 203 CGC 1st Grade games, 48 QLD County Representative matches, 29 at the National Masters Championships along with other Cricket Gold Coast competitions/rep matches and 533 matches in the UK.


Stephen has umpired 8 First Grade Grand Finals (including T20s), 3 Second Grade Finals and one Grand Final each of Over 40s and Third Grade since my records began in 2010/11. He has also umpired multiple games with his son Andrew which I believe was a first for the GCCUSA and one of only 2 father/son combinations to have done it for the GCCUSA.


This is an extraordinary achievement and the GCCUSA is proud of Stephen for achieving this feat.


I hope members join with me to congratulate Stephen



Kind Regards 


Michael Guy


Gold Coast Cricket Umpires & Scorers Association Inc.

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Dave Laybourne

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4th June 2024

Craig Parkinson to Umpire at Lord's

It is with great pleasure that we announce that MCUA member Craig Parkinson has been appointed to stand at Lord’s in the first ever National Schools Under 18 Finals Day on June 28th.


Craig, who has been umpiring since 2015, will be officiating in the National Boys Under 18 T20 in the afternoon. This is the first time the final of this tournament has been staged on the main ground at Lord’s and Craig, who is very much looking forward to the day, will no doubt share his experiences with MCUA members.


The Boys T20 also has another MCUA connection as former MCUA umpire Rob Morris is the tournament director. This is Rob’s 3rd year as director and Rob is also the schools section editor of the Wisden Cricketer’s Almanac.


We trust Craig, and Rob, will have a fantastic day at the home of cricket and we wish them all the best.


There will be a live video stream of the day with commentary that Rob will share with MCUA members nearer the time.

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Dave Laybourne

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1st March 2024

MCUA Umpire Refresher Course

MCUA are running a refresher course covering all aspects of umpiring. 


This training session will be held on 

Sunday the 24th March 2024 between 9.30am and 4.30pm.


At  Leigh Cricket Club.

This training course is open to ALL umpires including MCUA members, L&DCC 2nd and 3rd XI umpires and Southport League umpires.

The event is being supported by the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition and a light lunch will be provided to attendees.

Further details are available from Dave Laybourne via email at -

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4th June 2024

Jez Clein appointed by ECB to BCUS Trophy Final

It is with great pleasure that MCUA can announce that Jez Clein has been appointed by the ECB to stand in the BCUA Trophy Final at Kibworth Cricket Club on Wednesday 26th June, 2024.

We congratulate Jez for being appointed to such a prestigious fixture and wish him all the best. 

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Dave Laybourne

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5th February 2024

Grade 1 and Grade 1 Reserve Umpires for 2024

The MCUA grading panel has met and are pleased to announce the following Grade 1 and Grade 1 reserve umpires for the 2024 season -

Grade 1s
Paddy Brown
Jeremy Clein
Peter Crook
Alistair Davies
Chris Dunn
Steve Edwards
John Farrell
Stephen Fildes
Ian Laurence
Craig Parkinson
Richard Selkirk
Chris Spencer


Grade 1 Reserve
John Lawton
Royal Raj
Chris Williams
David Woods
Wayne Vernon

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