Search on for favourite umpire
The hunt is on to find New Zealand’s favourite local cricket umpire.
Kiwi amateur cricket umpires are the driving force behind the success of our favourite summer sport, working tirelessly in their communities to support club cricket.
Specsavers and New Zealand Cricket have launched a nationwide competition to reward these unsung heroes.
Nominations are open until January 28, 2013.
Six finalists will be selected from around the country and from this group the national winner will be announced.
A range of prizes are up for grabs including tickets to this summer’s International ANZ Series featuring the Black Caps against England, $1000 spending money and one-on-one training with a top Kiwi umpire.
One of the country’s most famous cricket umpires is Billy Bowden. He knows first-hand the energy it takes to be a good umpire.
‘‘It’s an amazing privilege to be involved with the young cricketers who are coming through the ranks . . . This competition is all about recognising umpires who go the extra mile.’’