As the season recently has got underway, the limelight is on two young cricket officials who are graduates of the original Cricketeens programmes.
The Cricketeens programme was a joint ECB & ACO initiative to attract budding young umpires and scorers into the game.
Both Harry and Tomos are excellent role models and examples how an interest in officiating can grow into wider opportunities in our game.
Harry is a 16 yrs old qualified level 2 umpire and is this season they youngest umpire in Wales to be on a senior league panel.
He is on both the Pembrokeshire Cricket league Panel and the South Wales Cricket Association Panel.
Harry's journey started as part of the 2019 Cricketeens programme which was run by our own and Wales ACO Level 3 Umpire Rhodri Jones.
His interest developed and he quickly advanced onto the Wales ACO education programme where under the tutorship of Peter Williams attained his level 1 & 2 awards. He officiated in his first senior game on the opening day of the Pembrokeshire league season in the 2nd division match where Johnson hosted Lamphey. Harry in week 2 officiated in Burton vs Whitland league game and went on the week later to his make his debut in the SWCA where he officiated in Margam vs Pontyberem league game.
Tom who recently turned 19 was the very first teenager to register onto the inaugural Cricketeens programme in 2018, as with Harry he developed key interest in the game and especially scoring.
After the programme Tom also enrolled into the Wales ACO education programme and is currently awaiting his Level 2 accreditation.
Tom has a busy schedule scoring for Monmouth School, a number of Wales County team age groups and Penarth CC's 1st team in the South Wales Premier League. He also scored U18s Bunbury festival, along with other national festivals I Loughborough and Shrewsbury.
Tom was recently selected to be Cricket Wales scorer at Lords in the prestigious fixture against The MCC in April.
An experience to remember.
Both have a full season of officiating ahead of them and we wish these young role models the very best.
They may be at your club soon to please give them a warm welcome,
Last season Cricket Wales ran the updated version of the Cricketeens programme known as ECB Young Cricket Officials and had over 65 candidates attend Wales wide.
We have worked closely with our junior leagues, our regional pathway and the Wales ACO to give those graduates the opportunity to officiate and hopefully following in Harry and Tomos’s footsteps.
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Why not give officiating a go it's a key and enjoyable part of our great game.
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