Whalley’s Paddy Brown has been invited to umpire the MCC President’s XI against the Middlesex President’s XI a week on Saturday at Lord’s, the home of cricket, as part of the MCC 200-year celebrations.
Paddy went to umpire in Dubai in March of last year, and again this year, and also had the privilege of standing in pre-season friendlies involving Lancashire ,Sussex and an MCC XI
He was delighted to have James Anderson bowling from his end, and commented on how much easier it was to umpire the professional game.
He was monitored and got some great feed back from the then Lancashire, and now England coach, Peter Moores and Mark Robinson of Sussex.
He continues to excel in the Lancashire League and still turns out on the odd occasion as a cricketer for Whalley, who are very proud of his umpiring exploits and the exposure it gains the club.
Last week he was invited to stand in the prestigious Bunberry Trophy at Oakham School and Grace Road,the county ground of Leicestershire, featuring the leading under 15s from throughout the country, from which the England schools’ squad is chosen. Since it’s introduction 28 years ago, more than 60 cricketers have gone on to play Test cricket, and 320 more have made a career at county level.
As a result of his performance last week, Paddy,still only 19, has been invited to umpire at Lord’s, where a large crowd is expected for the game.
The current MCC President Mike Gatting is very keen to promote young officials, and watched Paddy closely at Oakham before offering him the opportunity at Lord’s.