A useful book with tips for occasional umpires has been published for the benefit of the newly launched Club Cricket Charity. The point, emphasised by the author Robbie Book and the former first class umpire David 'Bumble' Lloyd in his foreword, is that players think about bowling, batting and fielding, but seldom about umpiring – until they might be required to do the job in a club match.
The title is an apt The Reluctant Umpire, and the sub-title is an even more apt The Opening Batsman In a White Coat. The aim of the 50-page book is to keep team-mate 'incidents' to a minimum without too much reference to the Laws.
The thrust of the book is probably informed commonsense for anyone landed with the umpiring job.