Hunt gets under way to reward your favourite local umpire

By Cameron Leslie

Northland cricket supporters are being invited to nominate local amateur umpires in a competition searching for New Zealand's Favourite Local Cricket Umpire.

Working tirelessly throughout summer in their communities to support club cricket, amateur umpires are the driving force behind the success of the summertime sport.

New Zealand international cricket umpire, and ICC Emirates Elite Panel Umpire, Billy Bowden said their efforts need to be rewarded now and again.

"I know first-hand the time and energy that goes into being a local cricket umpire. It's an amazing privilege to be involved with the young cricketers that are coming through the ranks," Bowden said.

"This competition is all about recognising those umpires that go the extra mile, and I know there are plenty out there. I am looking forward to receiving a mountain of entries from people around the country who want to nominate their most deserving cricket umpire."

The competition, launched by Specsavers and New Zealand Cricket, runs from November 19 to January 28.

Graeme Edmond, Specsavers New Zealand managing director, said the company has been supporting domestic cricket umpires since 2010 and this competition is an opportunity to reward those who volunteer their time to cricket throughout the country.

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 a one-on-one training with a top New Zealand umpire.

All those who nominate someone via the Specsavers NZ Facebook page will receive a voucher for $50 off any pair of Specsavers glasses.

Nominate your favourite local umpire by visiting or getting information from your local cricket club.

- Northern Advocate

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