Every Accessory that a Cricket Official (Cricket Umpire or Cricket Scorer) needs - and now several items for Coaches. Open Learning manual, Textbooks and Training Videos from UK & Australia, Law Books in English, Urdu, Maharati, Scorer's Pens, Action Counters, ball and run counters, ball gauges, bat gauges, sweater loops, tethered bails, Wisdens.   We buy and sell older books but only those relevant to umpires or scorers.   Many agents and contacts around the world who would welcome invitations to set up bookstalls at meetings- full address in window above.

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LATEST NEWS FIRST  - Download latest printable CATALOGUE
November 2022 edition but most prices unchanged - apart from new editions of Laws & Smiths.
SEE BELOW for pictures of new products, especially the superior dial counter.

Tom Smith 2022
Tom Smith 2022
Now published in December 2022 RRP £20.00
ISBN 9781399939409

Our price  £19.50 inc UK p&p
also BUNDLED with Law Book £23.00.

special prices  if you subscribe to our newsletters.
especally for BULK supplies

Note that ECB ACO will NOT be sending Law Books to all members as has previously been the practice.

However, many local Associations will be providing books to their members at discount - or even FREE Law Books.

OVERSEAS customers should enquire befire using our eBay shop, especially if they have access to Sterling bank account.  We may also be able to consolidate orders or divert to local stockist.

MORE DETAILS can be found here.

MCC Law Book 2022
Ball hoops for both Women and men are now available (as at 01sep22)
.Women Ball Hoop Gauge
NEW PREMIUM triangular Ball, Wicket & Over counter with wrist lanyard (as at 01sep22)
Premium Ball, Wicket & Over Counter

September 2022 PROGRESS on MCC Law Changes
The 3rd edition of 2017 code will come into force on 1st October 2022 - PUBLISHED £5.00 inc UK p&p - email your order
Tom Smiths (2022) are expected soon.
MAJOR CHANGES in October 2022
Law 18.11
when a batter is out Caught, the new batter shall come in at the end the striker was at, i.e. to face the next ball (unless it is the end of an over).
Law changes included calling of Dead ball if either side is disadvantaged by a person, animal or other object within the field of play.
Law 21.4 – If a bowler throws the ball in an attempt to run out the striker before entering their delivery stride, it will now be Dead ball rather than No ball.
Law 22.1 – a Wide will apply to where the striker is standing and where the striker has stood at any point since the bowler began their run up, and which would also have passed wide of the striker in a normal batting position.
Law 25.8 –If the ball should land away from the pitch, the striker may play the ball so long as some part of their bat or person remains within the pitch.  Should they venture beyond that, the umpire will call and signal Dead ball.  As recompense to the batter, any ball which would force them to leave the pitch will also be called No ball.
Laws 27.4 and 28.6 – If any member of the fielding side moves unfairly, the batting side will be awarded 5 Penalty runs.
Law 41.3 – No sali
ECB ACO are understood to be planning to distibute a copy of the new Blue MCC Law Book to every member.  Victoria Umpires can supply copies in Australia.
Several local ACOs are planning to obtain bulk supplies of Tom Smiths for their own members at a heavily discounted price.
Acumen will also be offering bulk stocks at modestly discounted prices to non-ACO members and organisations.  It would be helpful if you could email bulk@acumenbooks.co.uk with an estimate of your requirements, without obligation.  Everyone on our mailing list will receive details about purchasing individual copies nearer the time.  

We regret to report the death of Sheila Hill MBE on 22nd January 2022, aged 93. A stalwart of ACatU&S - fuller details can be found  on our bulletin board

18dec21 We regret to report the death of Brian Aldridge (New Zealand) an International Umpire and an active correspondent with ACU

16nov21 Some metal 6 lever counters are now available £90 in delivery worldwide.
Metal Lever available December 2021

18oct21 We regret to report the death of Fred Goodall (New Zealand) an International Umpire and an active correspondent with ACU.  An obituary can be found here.

12oct21 Vinayak Kulkarni of India has produced a number of free-of-charge slim-line booklets explaining the Laws in simple terms..

01oct21 ECB ACO are inviting applications from Scorers to join the National Register.

01sep21 Ladies' ball Gauges now available

03 NOV 2020 We regret to announce the death of Ajith C S Perera, aged 64, on 29th October 2020.  
He had umpired for several years in Sri Lanka and spent 1990 summer season in Lancashire Leagues
He qualified as an ACU&S Instructor and would have umpired his first test had he not been

paralysed in 1992 as a result of a tree crushing his car.  
He continued to take an interest in cricket but also led a crusade under the banner of Idiriya campaign to improve accessibility for the handicapped in Sri Lanka.   There is an obituary in Sri Lanka Daily News 02nov20 and more details may be posted here on our bulletin board later.

August 2020 - Royal Mail large price increases for overseas destinations - also courier prices - please ask for revised quotes. 

August 2020 Branded Rubber Bowler markers.  We can now print your logo in colour on heavy duty rubber.  These will not blow away AND you can use them as drinks mats or other publicity purposes.

We can print approx 100 at £2.00 each plus delivery cost.  You can either give them away or sell them to your members.

We can also print smaller quantities - or even just one as a sample - provided you are willing to wait until our next major production run.

Provide a good quality image from your association or sponsor.  We can also send you one branded with Acumen Books!
Sample Bowler Markers

15 JUNE 2020 We regret to announce the death of Peter McColl, aged 93, on 13th June 2020.  He had umpired in Minor Counties and North Staffs & South Cheshire League for many years before retiring from the field and then acting as Boundary Assessor.  One of the founders of North West Midlands Branch of ACU&S in 1974 and an accreditted Tutor.  Tributes can be left at https://kevinlowndsfuneralservices.com/condolences/peter-mccoll/  A memorial mass is being provisionally planned for June 2021. 

March 2020 - Royal Mail price increases - also courier prices - please ask for revised quotes. 

July 2019 : Special offers for scorer pens

Tom Smith 2019

Single copies are £17.95 inc UK p&p
Two copies for £33.90
Bulk copies are most economical in boxes of 12
£190 inc GB courier (excluding remote areas)
Typical overseas - Australia £240 Canada £220

Other quantities and overseas, please enquire - office@acumenbooks.co.uk

We may be able to arrange for local supply to customers in India, NZ or USA
- and we would be interested in hearing from possible agents in other countries.

Acumen Books will always supply at competitive commercial prices.
We also choose the most economical delivery method depending on weight.

We can offer books in bulk on sale or return basis and
will supply known customers before we receive payment.

will contain updated information from time to time

2019 Law Books available £3.50 + p&p.

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Several changes to MCC Laws 2017 (1st Edition) have been notified to come into effect on 1st April 2019  and the 2nd Edition was published in March.  More details can be found on http://nompere.proboards.com/posts/recent including a cut and paste summary of the changes to 1st Edition.
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You can also download a printable copy of our new blue card, including an explanation

Please note that the special offers in our newsletter must be paid by cheque or direct bank transfer.  Usually these will be better than here or on our ecommerce website www.acumenbooks.com
I do have difficulty in keep both websites, the discussion board, eBay and the newsletter all in step! Please bear with me.


Field Over Records Card Bat Gauge & Pouch Tethered Bails
Sample reference pages from 2018 Log Book
printable copy of our new blue cardSample tables from Log Book imma Sample tables from Log Book Sample tables from Log Book

TETHERED BAILS - will slip on (and off) all existing stumps - no need for carpentry!

FIELD RECORD (OVERS) CARDS - we are still selling West Surrey (approx A6) but are introducing a card which will enable recording more times and other information required for 2018. The print is larger - on an (approx) A5 size card designed to be folded in half whilst being used and kept in pocket.

LOG BOOK - updated in March 2018) quick reference material as well as extra timings - special offer BOGOF = two for £10 inc UK p&p provided cheque sent by Royal Mail or Bank Transfer.

BAT GAUGE - need I say more?

MCC LAW BOOKS - always the latest edition.

(apologies for any glitches, our site is still undergoing an overhaul - in light of new postal rates and regs  and a new ISP !) - you may need to click on some of the X to display or activate the relevant link (can anyone tell me why it does not display automatically?).

MCC Law Books 2017  RRP £3.50
 + £1.50 UK p&p or £4.00 overseas p&p
Want BULK?  Ask for quotation

Test whether every bat meets new standard MCC 2017
using this gauge in its handy pseudo leather pouch.

Hang their hats on your belt!  £5.00 inc UK p&p
(thanks to Royal Mail's punitive parcel definition)
can be combined with other items at £1.95 each.

15oct16 Ball Gauges for Ladies – Marcus Couto has manufactured some rings, pairs of which come in a quality leather bag. £15 inc p&p WORLDWIDE

Staffordshire Association of  Cricket Officials is the new name for

StaffordshireAssociation of Cricket Umpires and Scorers 


see previous material in archive