Doctrove’s visit bowls us over

Celebrated umpire Billy Doctrove is in Grand Cayman this week and the cricket fraternity is really excited that someone so renowned will be passing on his wealth of experience and knowledge.

Doctrove, 56, is on the International Cricket Council Elite Panel. He will be involved in a number of events with Cayman’s local umpires and cricketers.

Dominican Doctrove will be at the Jimmy Powell Oval in West Bay on Friday for a reception, starting at 6.30pm. He will conduct a seminar and motivational session with umpires, cricketers, team managers and coaches on Saturday at the John Gray High School Assembly Hall starting at 10am and will officiate in a T/20 match at the Jimmy Powell Oval on Sunday from 11.30am.

Sydney Moore is one of Cayman’s top umpires and secretary of the Cayman Islands Cricket Umpires Association. He co-ordinated the planning of Doctrove’s visit in partnership with the Cayman Islands Cricket Association.

Moore said: “From this visit we seek to motivate our local umpires. The topics at the motivational meeting will include good umpiring practices, preparing for matches and the laws of the game. These are especially good for the national teams when they are involved in international competitions. We also want to promote the recruitment of young umpires in line with ICC requirements and encourage young cricketers to consider umpiring as a career path.

“We hope to achieve from his visit motivation for our local umpires, highlight the role and importance of umpiring to cricket, and assist in the continued training of local umpires.”

Theo Cuffy, technical director of Cayman Islands cricket, said: “These are exciting times for cricket in the Cayman Islands. Having someone so renowned visiting is a credit to the association’s progress and standing in the region and shows just how high our esteem is in the Caribbean. It only augurs well for the future because Billy Doctrove is at the elite level.

“I’m looking forward to him inter-acting with the local cricketing fraternity and creating a pathway for youngsters to get into umpiring. The world of cricket is moving forward and younger officials are needed. Umpires used to be retired players but the older you get the more mistakes creep in. The game needs younger eyes and minds and people who are prepared to stand up in all conditions for up to six hours a day. We can really benefit from Billy’s visit.”

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