08 Sep 2020

Death of Brian Ball

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of our former colleague Brian Ball.

MCUA offers its condolences to Stephen and all Brian's family at this sad time.

Further details will be posted on the website as they become available.

Hughie Evans.

18 May 2020

News about Brian Ball - UPDATE

Some news on Brian Ball from Simon Taylor. 


Brian is slowly recovering and all being well, he will be allowed home on Thursday.


He will need plenty of care whilst at home and arrangements are in place to give him support.

From all MCUA members we wishes Brian all the best and we hope he has a very speedy recovery.


06 May 2020

News about Brian Ball

Simon Taylor has reported that Brian Ball is currently very unwell and has been admitted to Willowbrook Hospice in St.Helens.

He is suffering from a calcium deficiency and hopefully once this is addressed he will be able to return home.

MCUA wishes Brian all the best and we hope he has a very speedy recovery.

Hughie Evans.

25 Jan 2020

Message from the MCUA management committee regarding COVID-19


I hope that you and your families are fit and well during this difficult time.

You will be well aware that all Recreational cricket has been suspended until at least the 28th May and there is the possibility of this date being extended if circumstances do not improve.


In view of this, the MCUA Management Committee has decided to suspend the MCUA subscription for the current year.

For those members who have already paid for 2020, these will be carried forward for the 2021 season.

Hopefully things will improve before the end of the summer and we will get some form of cricket.

Keep well

MCUA Management Committee.

25 Jan 2020

News about Ray Partington

Ray Partington will not be umpiring this season due to ongoing health problems. He will still be involved and as well as retaining his membership of MCUA, he is likely to be scoring for Ainsdale CC.

I am sure members of MCUA wish Ray all the best and that we look forward to him being part of the team on match days.

Hughie Evans.

25 Jan 2020

Availability details need to be updated on WTU

Colleagues are asked to ensure that their availability for the 2020 season is updated on Whose the Umpire website as soon as possible.


This will enable John and Kevin to plan appointments for League and Cup fixtures.

Many thanks,

David Laybourne.

25 Jan 2020

Notice of AGM for 2020

In accordance with the MCUA rules of association, notice is here by given that the AGM for 2020 will take place on -

THURSDAY 13th of FEBRUARY 2020 starting at 7.30pm in FIRWOOD BOOTLE CRICKET CLUB.

Officer reports and agenda items will be emailed to members prior to the AGM.

David Laybourne,

Secretary, Merseyside Cricket Umpires Association.

25 Jan 2020

Items of ACO equipment and clothing for sale

Karl Skelton will no longer be umpiring and would like to sell some items of ACO equipment and clothing to fellow MCUA members.


Please contact Karl via email on - kskelton@sky.com if you want to know what he has and at what price.


We would like thank Karl for his contribution to umpiring in the L&DCC over the past few years and wish him all the best for the future.


30 Oct 2019


The L&DCC have just announced the following regarding details about the start date for the 2020 season and dates for Cup competitions -

The start and finish dates of the 2020 League season have been set as follows:

Week 1: Saturday 25 April/Sunday 26 April

Week 22: Saturday 19 September/Sunday 20 September

Taking account of recurrent views from the four recent open forums there will no longer be a “cup” week within the Saturday league programme.

All cup games will be on Sundays (with the Ray Digman and Ray Tyler cups fixtured on different days).

14 Oct 2019

Umpire of the Year awards for 2019

At the recent end of season meeting the MCUA Umpire of the Year awards were presented to the three divisional winners.

In the Premier Division the winner of the Dave Jones Shield was Ian Laurence.

For the First Division the winner of the Peter Freeman Shield was Phil Luxon.

While in the Second Division the winner of the Ian Shepherd Shield was Les Knowles.

The awards are all based on the Captains' marks from the three respected divisions.


In all three divisions the competition was extremely strong and MCUA would like to congratulate Ian, Phil and Les for being worthy winners.


Pictures of the presentation evening can be found under the events tab on the website's home page.

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