BCOA Annual Subscription

At the Annual General Meeting of BCOA on 23rd January 2012 it was decided by the membership present that subscription should be set at £15.00 pa.


We need to alert those not present that we have a serious shortfall in income and that the Committee were unanimous in wanting to rectify this. Training is now designed to be self-funding and we need income to pay for our monthly meeting costs.

Following an in-depth explanation by Eddie Lunn of the Committee’s intended way forward, and our choice of ways to fund meeting costs, a membership fee is necessary.

Appointments via whos-the-umpire (WTU) would be conditional on membership of BCOA.

The motion was proposed by Roger Byrne and seconded by Peter Brown, followed by a unanimous show of hands.


Sue Jones – Chairman

Long Service Awards

At the November 2012 Meeting long service awards were presented to three of our members each with over 40 years service.
George Bancroft  who has umpired for more than 43 years.
Gordon Lupton scorer who started at school and was persuaded to join ACUS at that time.

Although not present the third awards went to Brian Wilson who is very well known amongst our members.

Brian is a former Treasurer, Trainer and Life President of BACUS who completed his 42nd year of umpiring Last year 36 of them as a Berkshire member now registered as a member of Hampshire ACO.

All photos of these and the rest of our 2012 presentations can be found on this link.


BCOA Meeting 17th June 2013

Guest speaker, Martin Lloyd, Sports Vision Presentation highlighted the importance of regular eyesight testing and the problems of colour blindness in sport as well as improvements in developing the interaction between the brain and the eyes to assist in decision-making on the field of play. Members found the presentation touched on many points relevant to umpiring in cricket.

A great weekend for both the Berkshire Senior Women's & Men's Teams

The weekend of the 14th July proved to be something special for the Berkshire Senior Women's and Men's Teams.

First the young Berkshire men's team booked themselves into the Minor Counties Knock Out Cup Final at Wormsley. More detail on the match can be found on the Berkshire Cricket website. This is a tremendous achievement considering the change in team members since last season.

Following the the Women’s final match in their Premier County Championship campaign Heather Knight became the Number 1 batsmen in all the divisions of the ECB National Championship for 2013 scoring more than 119 more runs then 2nd place Charlotte Edwards.

She played 8 Games with 2 Not Outs and a top score of 159* averaging 100.67. Full details can be seen here in a new tab.

The team manager, John Dickinson said “This is a brilliant effort for Trev who has led from the front, Congratulations”.

Message from the Chairman of the Berkshire Cricket League

To all BCOA Colleagues who have stood in BCL Premier matches this season.

Dear Colleagues

I want to express my sincere thanks to you all for officiating in BCL Premier Division matches this season. You have all done a great job and, although it may nor always seem like it, I do know that the clubs greatly appreciate having independent umpires. I hope you have all enjoyed the matches and that you will be willing to place yourselves at the disposal of Dennis for BCL appointments next season. To those of you whom I have had the privilege of standing with, I look forward to doing so again, and I look forward to standing with new colleagues in the future.

Once again, very many thanks and keep up the excellent work.

Very kind regards

Sam Peates.

BCL Chairman.

Two more BCOA Members awarded with Honorary Life Memberships of ECB ACO

At the 2013 South West Region Meeting held at Old Sarum, our County Appointments Officer, Dennis Prior, and past Chairman, Sue Jones, were awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the ECB ACO in recognition to their services in the development of officiating in the game of cricket. These join Roy Kinner who was awarded his Honorary Life Membership in 2012

Dennis Prior

Dennis is the current County Appointments Officer for Berkshire. Having umpired for many years he took up this new role on behalf of the members at the onset of the ECB ACO. He will be sorely missed if his threat to retire at the end of the 2013 season is carried out.

Dennis is well known locally for his coaching and mentoring of less experienced umpire colleagues and for his involvement in the County’s successful supported development programmes. He was instrumental in the introduction of the WTU appointments system into the County and has worked tirelessly to ensure that umpires, scorers, captains and County age group managers can use the system effectively. In addition he was the driving force behind establishing an umpire panel for newly qualified umpires in the premier division of the Berkshire League which enables the umpires to gain relevant experience working with mentors and the league now has independent trained umpires for all their matches.

Dennis is and has been a great servant for cricket and cricket officials in Berkshire for many years. More recently he has been a great champion for ECB ACO in raising the standards and we recommend his nomination for Honorary Membership of ECB ACO

Sue Jones

Sue is the current Minor Counties scorer for Berkshire County Cricket Club having served her apprenticeship in the various leagues and competitions. In addition to the minor counties circuit Sue can regularly be found in many local scorer haunts plus such hallowed scorer habitats at the Lord’s and Oval score oxes.

Sue has served Berkshire and ACO with distinction over many years as a scorer and trainer, not to mention her role on the BACU&S and BCOA committees.

Sue served a spell s Chairman of BCOA yet it will be her time as Secretary during the transition to ECB OA and ECB ACO that she will be most notable remembered for along with her encouragement and support for new and less experienced scorers.      

Not content with her Berkshire activity Sue has worked tirelessly for the ACO at regional and national conferences actively promoting the role of scorers and the ACO.  

The picture to the left shows Dennis and Sue along with the other recipients and Nick Cousins.

From left to right Dennis Prior, Mike Hopkins (Dorset), Sue Jones, Nick Cousins, Mike Cornwall (Wilts) and Ray Holyer (Hants).

November 2013 An Evening with Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte was the guest speaker at our November meeting describing how she got into cricket and her progress through to her current role as England Captain.

The audience was enthralled to hear what she is doing now as an ambassador to the game with the “Chance to Shine” programme and her involvement with the ICC.

Following her talk she presented a number of Level 1, 1A and 2C certificates plus the Peter Tyler award.

Pictures of the award recipients can be seen here.    

At the 2014 AGM detailed reports were given of  a successful year in recruitment and retention, coupled with a a good education and performance programme for our umpires and scorers. Our Appointments Officer retiring from the role after seven years of loyal service reported a very busy year. Level 2 Umpire certificates were awarded to Mike Carter, David Halle & Rob Bartlett. See  the 2013 Gallery for some photographs of  the presentation. The AGM concluded with the election of some new Officers and members to the Committee. A copy of the draft minutes and Officers reports can be found here.

At the February Monthly meeting we had a superb turn out to hear details of what our Officers have been up to since the AGM.
Details of the Education & Membership Officers notes can be downloaded here.
Following the reports the entertainment consisted of a quiz followed by a presentation of the Level 1 Certificates from the January Course at Henley. Click here to view some photographs from the course and those from the presentations.

2014 NatWest OSCA

I am pleased to announce that the nomination for the Berkshire NatWest OSCA in the Officials category and winner in that section is Avril Acres.  There are two press releases see here and here worth reading.

Additionally Avril has been short listed in this Category for the National Award. I am sure you will join me in Congratulating Avril and wishing her Good Luck in the National Awards.

The emphasis this year was on Recruiting and Retention of members.


Extract of my citation reads as follows:


As Membership Officer for BCOA, Avril has increased the number of Umpire and Scorer members progressively for the last 3 Years.

2014 saw the membership at its highest ever level of 174 members. This has been achieved by the Excellent Advertising campaign for the Training courses with self designed Posters distributed to all Clubs and Organisations within Berkshire towards the end of the season each year.


The Berkshire new Member and Retention level of ECB ACO members is the second highest County in 2014. The Appointments Officer would not be able to achieve anywhere near the 600 + appointments requested this Season without this growth.


This year Avril has taken on two new roles in addition to the above:

1) The role of Mentor to newly trained Scorers and has been successful in finding meaningful games for them to gain experience.

2) DBS (CRB) Evidence Checker for ECB as our Members were finding it difficult to achieve membership in good time.

In addition she has done much Secretarial work for our Performance Officer and organised the workshops through the season, as well as recording all aspects of training for our Education team.

The highest accolade was to be asked by ECB ACO to visit Edgbaston to advise and assist improving their communications with the Counties. Follow this link for a full list of winners.

Dennis Prior, Chairman    

At the end of the Berkshire v Devon match Berkshire cricketers made a special presentation to Sue Jones following her last game as 1st XI scorer in their match with Devon CCC.  She received an inscribed salva, a bottle of champagne and a county cap at the players’ dinner on the Monday evening of the three day championship game away at Exmouth.

The Caversham mum, known as ‘Chalker’ to the team, also received a bouquet of flowers from Devon via their scorer, Rachel Tozer.  Rachel and Sue have been friends and colleagues for many years.  

Sue has given up the scorer’s role after eight years due to ‘personal commitment and family considerations’

The inscription on the salva reads:  “CHALKER”  

In Appreciation for Eight Seasons as Scorer for Berkshire County Cricket 2007 to 2014  

Presented to Sue Jones  17th August 2014.

BCL Panel Umpire of the Year 2014

Congratulations to Simon  Vines for being voted the BCL Panel Umpire of the year for 2014

It was very deserved, with Simon getting a lot of respect from the players and his colleagues.
There are some pictures of the presentation evening in our 2014 Gallery.

Dennis Prior, Chairman    

The Miller Award

Our Membership Services Officer, Avril, picked up another "dong" last on the 6th March at the Army Cricket Officials Association Dinner.

This was the Miller Award with Caroline Green of Hampshire for their outstanding performance, contribution, commitment and development to the role of the ACOA Statistician to the ACA Inter Corps T20 (ICT20) Tournament. Follow this link for the full citation and here for some photographs.

Team Working Workshop

We are glad to say our Umpire / Scorer Team Working initiative was successful. We had a brilliant turn out including almost 30% of the ACO Scorers registered in Berkshire.

A lot of valuable lessons were learned and will be fed into our CPD programme.

It was so gratifying to have such an enthusiastic group working together.

Click here to see some photographs

Two BCOA Members Umpiring at Lords.

Something to be very proud of.

The Combined Services has selected two of our members, Christian Nicholson and Andy Rutter, will be officiating at the Home of Cricket in the Inter Services T20 Competition on the 11th of June.

Andy serves in the RAF and umpires on their panel and Christian serves in the Army and is on their Panel.

Both are on the Combined Services Panel and umpire regularly in the Thames Valley League.

National Scorers Officer

Following the resignation of Geoff Trett in July, Sue Jones was invited by Nick Cousins ECBACO Chief Executive Officer to take the post of ECBACO National Scorer’s Officer with immediate effect. This has been ratified by the board.

Amongst other duties, Sue will be working closely with the RSL3 team and thereby facilitate appropriate appointments for colleague’s advancement and aid their pathway by means of mentoring and assessment. She will be in regular contact with the Regional Scorer Officers.

Sue tells us that this is a challenging prospect, however, she intends to do her very best to enhance the Scorer’s role at every opportunity and plan to keep in close contact with Regional and County Scorer Officers. Communication is the key, whether it be nationally, regionally or locally.

BCOA Administration Officer

Great news.

Gail Bonnell has offered (and was accepted before she could finish) to take over as our Administration Officer.

In this role she will assist with the planning and provide administration support to our Training Team.

Her email address is admin@berkscoa.co.uk

Our Secretary (Jon) will continue to provide administration support for our Umpire Level 1A programme, including the related workshops.

All membership matter are still in the very capable hands of our Membership Services Officer (Avril).

2015 NatWest OSCA

I am pleased to announce that John Golding won the National NatWest OSCA in the Officials category.

More photographs to follow:

The emphasis this year was on Get the Game on


Extract of my citation reads as follows:


John, is the Training Officer for BCOA, and has been responsible for the Training  over 120 new Umpires & Scorers. He is also BCOA Scorers Officer representative at Regional level.

He has helped develop Pre-Season match program  where new umpires and scorers can be mentored before the season starts. He stands in more games than most Berkshire Umpires, officiating in the TVL League, and is one of the few Civilian members of the Army Officials, standing in prestigious games within the ARMY. He also stands and mentors in County Age Group games, where newly trained Umpires are supported and mentored.

He voluntarily runs joint workshops for Umpires and Scorers to improve the understanding of each role and better communications between both. Monthly meetings regularly contain John's Law quiz's with on field incidents raised.

He produces an aide memoir for Umpires to use at pre match Captains meeting, with the emphasis on The Spirit of Cricket, and acceptable behaviour, which allows games to flow, for the enjoyment of players and umpires alike.

Additionally he is Webmaster of BCOA's acclaimed Website, where Officials can find Competition Regulations for all games as well as training information and news features.

Dennis Prior, Chairman    

Marian at the Oval

Well done Marian.

From taking her Scorer Level 1 to officiating in the scoring box at the Oval one ONE season.

On 30.04.2015 Marian Whitehurst scored for the Surrey Disability Day at the Oval.

The appointed scorer who was familiar with Visually Impaired cricket has to pull out at the last minute, one of the umpires recognised Marian from a VI match the previous weekend and volunteered her to assist the other scorer.

As Marian says "Talk about being thrown in at the deep end!"

2017 AGM Notice

Dear Member

Notice is given that the 2016/7 AGM will take place at Wokingham Cricket Club, Sadlers End, Winnersh, Wokingham on Monday 23rd January 2017.

Positions up for re-election, are BCOA Chairman - County Appointments Officer (CAO) and the two annually elected Lay Committee members.

Any Fully paid up members wishing to apply for any of the positions above, must have a Proposer and Second, both of whom should be Fully paid up members of BCOA. Closing date for applicants to be sent to chairman@berkscoa.co.uk or secretary@berkscoa.co.uk to be received by December 31st.

This notice will appear on the website and the a reminder of the Meeting will be sent out in January.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year


Dennis Prior

BCOA Chairman and on behalf of the Committee 

Dennis Prior
Well done Dennis and thanks for all you have done for us.

The committee and membership were delighted to elect Dennis as the first Honorary Life Member of BCOA.
Dennis was one of the original members of BCOA . An umpire on the TVL panel , he at first held the position of Berkshire's appointments officer before moving on to chairman of the association, a post he has held for the last 3 years.
To further thank Dennis for his efforts the members bought him the gift of a desk organiser and pens, "sorely needed "according to his wife Joan.
We are delighted to say Dennis will remain with BCOA as an observer and assessor, so you are still likely to meet him during the course of the season.

Rob Bartlett, Chairman