Local umpires get past regional written exam

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Two of Antigua and Barbuda’s budding cricket umpires have achieved passing grades after sitting the final written exam put on by Cricket West Indies (CWI).
This was confirmed by president of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Umpires Association (ABCUA), James “Son-Son” Stevens, who highlighted the duo’s achievement as something positive for cricket in Antigua.
“Two of our members, Donald Sheckle and Michael Lawrie were successful in the West Indies final written exam where Michael Lawrie got 83.5 percent and Donald Sheckle got 75.5 percent. Donald Sheckle is just about 21 years old and Michael is just about mid-20s and that’s our goal, the younger we get them, the younger we try to put them out there and hopefully they progress and go up the ladder,” he said.
Both Sheckle and Lawrie, according to Stevens, are slated to sit one final exam that will be in two parts. The umpires will sit a practical and an oral exam slated for early next year.
The Association, the president added, is also on a drive to recruit new members.
“As you know, we have the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup coming up and the goal is to, one of these good days, have all females doing female matches but we haven’t had any new members or anyone who has called who are interested as yet,” Stevens said.
Sheckle and Lawrie have been umpiring in numerous national and sub-regional competitions over the past year as they sharpened their skills leading into the final written exam.

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