Scorers Courses 2019

Please find a link to information on the various scorer courses that are available this Autumn and Winter. The courses available are:

  • An Introduction to Scoring
  • Club Scorer Course (old language, level 1)
  • Level 2 Scoring
  • Electronic Scoring
  • Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS)
  • Linear Scoring
    If you would like more information about any of the above, please contact Sue Drinkwater (Gloucestershire ACO County Scorer’s Officer) on

PitP 2018 – your help needed!

You’ll know that our most important fundraising day is coming soon. Party in the Park is on Saturday 15th September and everyone is expected help the club in one way or another.
We need donations for the bottle and the book stall and for the tombola, as well as cakes on the day.
Gerry Mulholland is happy for donations of books and bottles (!!) to be left at his house; 9 Phoenix Grove.

Matt Smith & Keith Milson have raffle tickets – every player should sell at least one book of 10.
Players should let their captains know how they can help – each team has a task for the day.

PitP 2018!

12th Anniversary!

Saturday 15th September 1pm-8.15pm

Shine Cricket Development Squads

As the cricket season approaches there is some exciting news for Golden Hill families as Bristol YMCA CC’s shirt sponsors Shine Sports Coaching are set to launch a new team based coaching programme called Shine Cricket Development Squads which is aimed at boys and girls of all abilities from under 6s, 7s, 8s and 9s age level.

The Saturday morning sessions will run from 5th May 2018 for 12 weeks and will utilise the great outdoor facilities available at Golden Hill although the teams will have the option to relocate to Shine Community Sports Hall in the event of wet weather conditions.

The activities will be coordinated by popular YM’s cricketer/youth coach Andy Hyde and his team of ECB qualified coaches. Each hour long session will involve a combination of small sided matches, skills, technical drills and cricket themed exercises with an emphasis on healthy fun. The sessions are set to replace the soft ball drop-in morning sessions held at Golden Hill in previous years, although the popular hard ball sessions will continue for those involved at junior cricket club level.

Play Matches in your new Shine JCC Kit

Shine director John Colley was delighted at the early interest in the different age groups and added “We believe a squad based activity such as this promotes a culture of continuity and consistency amongst the players, the coaches and the parents. It also acts as a platform to joining one of the local junior cricket clubs such as YM. The different age groups will play matches in their new Shine JCC kit and enjoy the positive side of team sport liking making new friends. Places are limited and we anticipate a sell out at each age group so if your child likes cricket I recommend you book early”.

The annual registration fee of £75.00 per child includes an official Shine Junior Cricket Club shirt and cap which they retain at the end of each season.

If you would like to register your boy or girl in the appropriate age group please visit  If you require further information have a look at these FAQS or contact Shine’s cricket co-ordinator Andy Hyde by email or call 01174 033 033.

New Club Shop

We now have a new club shop –

If you place your order by midnight on 8th April and choose the “collect from store” option, all orders will be delivered to John Colley by Friday 20th April so he can distribute and save postage and packaging. After this date it will be up to individuals to sort their own kit orders out.


Would you like some scorer training but are unable to attend an ECB ACO classroom course in the winter? Maybe you just want to refresh or improve your existing scoring skills. Then why not try the ECB ACO Club Scorer online course? This course can be taken at your own pace and at any time of the day or night.

To register for the course, visit the Club Scorer Online page on the ECB website. You don’t need to be an ECB ACO member to complete the course and it is completely free of charge. You will receive an ECB ACO certificate on completion of the course.

This is an ideal course for complete beginners or as a refresher for anyone returning to scoring. It covers the very basics of scoring and is ideal for parents who want to get more involved or anyone who wants to get started in scoring. The aim of this course is to identify and practice the basic skills with which to record a cricket match. It doesn’t cover everything, but it will give you the tools to get started, including: • Scoring record (scoresheet) • Umpire’s signals • Scoring symbols • Recording wickets and extras • Scoresheet balancing. All scoresheets, handouts and refreshments will be provided but bring some pens/pencils to do some scoring with.

 This course costs £5 payable on the day either in cash or by cheque made payable to “Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials”. For GCCL  division one and two clubs, you may send one scorer free of charge (payment will be claimed direct from GCCL).

To register for this course, visit the Introductory Course page of the ECB website.

ECB ACO Scorers courses


JOB OPPORTUNITY – Disability Development Officer

It is an exciting time to be involved with the Gloucestershire Cricket Board as we continue to develop and strive for further improvement.  We have recently been successful with a bid to the Lords Taverners for an initial three year post to continue the great start that has already been made, with the development of Disability Cricket across the county.

Lords Taverners have a new programme branded Super1s and it is this brand that this officer with drive across the county. The ambition being to set up Disability ‘Hubs’ in each of the 7 local authority areas by the end of year 3.

Click here to see the job description.

Umpire Recruitment 2018

As you are aware, your Umpires (& Scorers) Association has run a campaign during 2017 to increase the awareness of the alarming lack of umpires coming into the game of cricket. It has to be said that the results, so far, have been more than disappointing. However, BACUS will continue with our efforts to do all that is possible to address and reverse the alarming trend.

As the 2018 season approaches, we appeal once again to all regional clubs for your support and action. We remain in the position, at this time, where it appears unlikely that we shall be able to appoint umpire members to more than a handful of Saturday games in the B&D league and WEPL tier 3 may also be affected.

BACUS remains convinced that the best umpires are those who have played before. Therefore, if you know of any club members who are currently thinking of reducing or ending their playing days, we ask that you approach and encourage them to consider standing as an umpire for at least ONE season.

All information needed to take this first step is available on the BACUS and ECB website together with full details of forthcoming training courses early in the New Year. Links are as follows: or

Furthermore, if you or any members of your club’s committee hold any alternative ideas on how we might interest or recruit potential new umpire members, then please let us know by return as soon as possible as all avenues will be looked at and exploited.

For Bristol ACU&S

Peter Ogborne

Peter Ogborne (Umpire Member & Executive Committee Member)

Umpiring Courses 2018

Dear Friends

This is a great time to start Umpiring.

The development of umpires is a key priority within Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset’s Development Plans and is also a key objective and requirement for Leagues throughout the county. All Cricket Boards are very committed to seeing an increase in the number of active qualified umpires and this is why we have joined forces with all the local leagues, to implement a plan that will see the number of league matches officiated by qualified umpires increase steadily over time.

As a result, a recruitment initiative alongside the ECB advertising campaign ‘Stay in the game’ has been designed to encourage players and volunteers to move into umpiring/scoring. This initiative is supported right from the top down, through WEPL, the Bristol and District and the County Leagues and the local District Leagues in Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

GACO, SACO and WACO are providing ACO courses over the coming months, in preparation for the 2018 season. These courses will be delivered by qualified ECB instructors and following successful completion of the course, candidates will receive a formal ECB recognised certificate of attendance. This is the first step on the pathway for any individual who wishes to officiate ECB Premier League Cricket, multi-day cricket and First Class cricket.

It is important for all prospective Umpire and Scorer candidates in our area to understand that the only training available, that will enable a route to the very top of the Officials ladder, is exclusively provided by ECBACO, and the ECBACO training programme. For all aspiring Officials, whatever level they wish to attain, the ECB pathway provides them with a structured route, and support from Cricket’s National body.

With the new Laws applicable for the 2018 season the training courses have been amended to both update them with the new Laws and current umpiring techniques.

We are hoping to see strong support from clubs in nominating candidates for the training. At the bottom of this letter are the details of the courses we are running and an application form for clubs or candidates to complete.

These new ACO courses are now bookable on line and the website link can be found below. The course content will include all the course delivery and administration together with an ECB workbook, an MCC official on-field Law booklet, a Tom Smiths law book, a CRB check and Insurances.

It would be much appreciated if you could forward this letter on to any interested candidates at your club.

For more information on training and the ECB pathway, please visit the ECB Officials Website at –

The ECB Officials Courses can be viewed at –

In the meantime if you have any queries or would like any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch and we look forward to receiving your applications.

Stage 1 Somerset

Sunday 21st January 2018 – 9.00 am to 6.00 pm approx

Venue – County Room, County Ground, Taunton

Stage 1 Somerset

Tuesday 20th and Tuesday 27th February 2018 – 6.00 pm to 9.30 pm approx

Venue – Bath CC, Bath

Stage 1 Gloucestershire

Sunday 11th February 2018 – 9.00 am to 6.00 pm approx

Venue – Jessop Room, County Ground, Bristol

Stage 1 Gloucestershire

Sunday 4th March 2018 – 9.00 am to 6.00 pm approx

Venue – Hatherley & Reddings CC, Cheltenham

Stage 1 Wiltshire

Dates and times TBA

Venue – Beaversbrook , Calne

Stage 2 Somerset

Sunday 11th March 2018 – 9.00 am to 6.00 pm approx

Venue – County Room, County Ground, Taunton

 Stage 2 Gloucestershire

Sunday 18th February 2018 – 9.00 am to 6.00 pm approx

Venue – Jessop Room, County Ground, Bristol

Stage 2 Gloucestershire

Sunday 11th March 2018 – 9.00 am to 6.00 pm approx

Venue – Hatherley & Reddings CC, Cheltenham

Stage 2 Wiltshire

Dates and times TBA

Venue – Beaversbrook , Calne

If you are interested in attending a course please complete the application form below.

Candidates applying for courses should apply directly via the web link to book a place on a course. Any issue please contact one of the Education Officers listed below.


Bob Hampshire                                                         

GACO – County Education Officer                             

Tel : 01761 470682                                                                            

Mob: 07752 306117                                                   


Neil Holloway

SACO – County Education Officer 

Tel: 07821 428615


Nick Wheatley

WACO – County Education Officer

Tel: 01249 890052

Mob: 07500 230386