Baldwin joins ECB First Class reserve list
Mon, Dec 14, 2009 8:21 PM
Two new umpires have been added to the England and Wales Cricket Board First Class Reserve List for 2010, Paul Baldwin and Martin Saggers.
Paul Baldwin has been a member of the ICC Associate and Affiliates Panel since its inception in 2005. He has developed the majority of his umpiring in Germany under the guidance of the ICC-Europe region. He moved back to England for the 2009 season and his high quality performances throughout the season have earned him a place on the Reserve List.
Martin Saggers retired from First Class Cricket at the end of the 2009 season having already acquired his umpiring qualifications in 2004/5. He found time to demonstrate his umpiring ability in between playing and is now presented with further umpiring opportunities.
ECB Umpires' Manager, Chris Kelly said: "We are pleased to welcome Martin and Paul onto the Reserve List for 2010 which increases the number of umpires available at this level. Along with the other members of the Reserve List there are now plenty of opportunities for them to demonstrate their officiating skills within our domestic game and to aspire to being at the forefront of officiating the sport."
Richard Holdsworth, Regional Development Manager ICC-Europe, said: "Paul has been involved in the Pepsi ICC Development Programme since 2002, and during that time has excelled with his knowledge and skills in umpiring, not only continuing his own education but also choosing to educate others. He has stood in a significant number of ICC European and global matches and tournaments, and his experience was duly acknowledged when he was selected on the ICC Associate and Affiliate International panel in 2005. It is great credit to Paul's commitment to the programme that he has been selected on the ECB First Class Reserve List."