Acumen News #110 February – News on many fronts!





Dear Cricket Official,

For once, I make no apology for leading on an exciting new product from Acumen. This newsletter also highlights several postings on several umpiring and scoring websites which show that matters are moving forward. There are also several interesting conferences and seminars in the next month or so.

Now you can count runs even more discreetly

Acumen have been able to source an electronic Tally Counter that fits on your finger.
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This will normally retail at £9.99 + £1 UK p&p but, as usual, we are making a special launch offer in UK, post free, cash or cheque with order - please quote your ACU&S membership number. Use the website below for credit card purchase - price may vary.

We continue to offer the larger version with wrist or neck strap and the mechanical ones. All counters go up to 9,999, one run per click. There is only one other button / control to reset or switch off.

You can find our full range of products including the electronic download version of Duckworth Lewis Guide.

Acumen Online Catalogue

Nompere Discussion Board continues to be active

Recent postings on the Bulletin Board have included such diverse topics as Assessment of Umpires, Results of GL5 and statistics on ECBOA recruitment.

Regular postings here will also direct you to the latest news on other relevant websites.

Please share your views.

ECBOA achieves 1,000 members.

Frank Kemp tells me that ECBOA has now recruited over 1,000 members, is running 14 courses, and that there will be more announcements shortly. I have suggested he posts a message on the discussion board when it is released to save frequent fruitless visits.

ECB Officials Association

ACU&S Reports

Since our last edition, several postings have been made to the ACU&S website, including a report on the recent General Council Meeting (on the meetings page) and various items on the news page. In particular, your attention is drawn to the questionnaire about clothing range - your views will be welcomed.

The AGM of The South Region AGM is in Bristol on Sunday 4th March

The ACU&S news page also gives more details of the Surrey Umpires and Scorers Seminar on 11th March and the London Cricket Conference 1st to 3rd March. I would be pleased to hear froim anyone who intends to book for the latter event – please email me personally colinp[AT] .

Do not forget ACU&S Annual General Meeting at Lords on Sat 24th March. There WILL be an Acumen bookstall this year and it would be appreciated if you could place any large orders in advance.

ACU&S Official Website

Other views

There have also been a number of controversial postings on the Independent Cricket Officials website.

Independent Cricket Offcials Fact pages

At home and abroad

Richard.Mernane[AT] tells me that Wimbledon Cricket Club will be hosting an Umpires¹ Roadshow, under the auspices of Croydon & District ACU&S, at Church Road, SW19 5AG on Wednesday 14 March at 7.30pm.
The Roadshow will cover basic umpiring technique and some of the more commonly occurring laws. Participants will receive a certificate for attending. There will also be an opportunity to talk to our instructors about umpiring in senior cricket. All umpires, coaches, players and parents are welcome to attend but pre-booking is essential. Please phone Richard on 07817 752128 or e-mail richard.mernane[AT] to book your place.
The club bar will be open from 5.30pm offering bar snacks or the Courtside Restaurant (main courses from £6 to £10) from 6.30pm.

Theo Braganza of theacssi[AT] in India reminds us of their AGM on Sat 17th February starting at 2.30 pm with a visit to the BCCI new office at the Wankhede Stadium finishing with a dinner. Visitors welcome but please notify in advance.

Do you need a laptop and/or projector?

Acumen has recently had very good service from ELF, which is a trade only supplier of refurbished laptops, projectors, PCs, TVs etc/ They do require a minimum order of £100 + VAT + typically £10 carriage. Acumen will be pleased to assist you in obtaining something suitable. Please email office[AT]

I have also had an up-to-date price list from which is now offering projectors even cheaper than in September.

Refurbished Computer Equipment.

Secondhand booklist

SteveSmith915[AT] has some 65 books he wishes to sell. Please download the list and contact him directly.

List of Steve Smith_s books


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