Search on for favourite um­pire

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION -

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.’’

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