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.

16 Sep 2019

Stage 1 Umpires course scheduled for 22nd September 2019 at Firwood Bootle CC

MCUA is pleased to announce the next Merseyside Stage 1 umpires course is scheduled for 22nd September at Bootle CC.

The course is being delivered by John Farrell and Ian Laurence and for more information please see:







03 Jul 2019

​Reverend Roger Driver

Our dear friend, and former MCUA member, the Reverend Roger Driver, has achieved a long term ambition since he began to umpire.


Roger has been asked to umpire for the Archbishop of Canterbury's X1 against the Vatican cricket team in Rome. Roger and the team flew to Rome of the 1st July.


Roger's selection came about following a chance meeting at a conference with someone who turned out to be the captain of the Archbishop's cricket team.


Whilst chatting, Roger explained that as well as being a vicar he was also a cricket umpire. Things moved on and he ended up having an invite to accompany the team to Rome.


Roger is currently Rector of the Benefice of St. Michael Without, Bath. He umpires in the West of England Premier League.


Congratulations to Roger

03 Jul 2019

Stephen Fildes - 600 Not Out

On Saturday 13th July, Stephen Fildes will be stand in his 600th match as a cricket umpire. 

Born in Australia, Stephen commenced Umpiring in 2009 after participating in just over 400 matches as a player. In 2014 started umpiring in the United Kingdom and from 2015 Stephen joined MCUA to officiate in the Liverpool Competition.

In total, the breakdown in umpiring is: - Australia - 306, England - 293

In what spare time he has left, Stephen is also currently a volunteer at the Cricket World Cup based at Old Trafford and was also a volunteer in the 2015 Cricket world cup in Australia.

We wish Stephen good luck for his 600th match and we look forward to him officiating in many more games in the years to come.

14 Jun 2019


As MCUA Welfare Officer I have created a Wattsapp Page Entitled "MCUA Welfare".  This is for all Members to keep me in touch with matters relating to Welfare of our Umpiring Body.  To join the Group you will need to have the Wattsapp App on your phone and supply me with your mobile number.  This can be done by sending a text to my mobile phone 07939 738 163 with your name and that you agree to join the MCUA Welfare Group.  I will acknowledge receipt.

Consideration is being given by the Management Committee to use this form of communication for other aspects of running MCUA.

It is hoped that ALL Members will join this Group and keep me posted about any of our Members who are ill, long term injured or sick or who require our help with matters appertaining to Welfare.


.Mike Dixon

Treasurer & Welfare Officer



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