BE IN, NOT OUT: North Coast Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association members (from left) Rob Pye (Lower Clarence Cricket Association), Terry Brien and Jeff Hackett (both Clarence River Cricket Association). PHOTO: MATTHEW MCINERNEY
BE IN, NOT OUT: North Coast Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association members (from left) Rob Pye (Lower Clarence Cricket Association), Terry Brien and Jeff Hackett (both Clarence River Cricket Association). PHOTO: MATTHEW MCINERNEY

Cricket workshop aimed at getting more involved in umpiring

A FEW years away from the crease was all Terry Brien needed to reload the umpire's most dangerous weapon: his right index finger.

Brien joined fellow Clarence River Cricket Association umpire Jeff Hackett and Lower Clarence Cricket Association's Rob Pye at Ellem Oval to discuss an upcoming workshop by CricketNSW.

The workshop will cover the laws of the game, and could be used as a tool to better inform local cricketers of rules, or even recruit umpires.

Finding new blood to take the black and white has proved a tough mission, but the three umpires agreed all they needed were good people.

"All we need is good people, because the rest of the stuff can be taught," Pye said.

"I'd suggest they have a thick skin, have a love for the game and will administer the rules fairly," Brien added.

"I'd say 90% of the time you walk away from games and you've enjoyed it. That's part of why I came back."

The August 30-31 workshop will be held at Coffs Harbour, and Pye called for interested parties to get in touch by August 26 to confirm numbers.

It is the first time in three years such a course has been run on the North Coast according to Pye, who said the last one was at Maclean.

"The whole idea is to get as many people as possible," Pye said.

"It will allow people to get an insight into the laws of the game and could allow us to get more umpires."



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