Brian honoured for a half century of cricket service

NADV 110828 Lakin umpire award. (110828AM)
NADV 110828 Lakin umpire award. (110828AM)
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an cricket umpire who first donned the white coat 55 years ago was honoured for his services at a prestigious awards ceremony at Headingley last week.

Brian Lakin, 77, received the runner-up award for services to umpiring at the Yorkshire Cricket Board’s Oustanding Service to Cricket awards on Thursday.

The awards honour volunteers in cricket and celebrate their achievements. Board Chairman Philip Radcliffe, Vice Chairman Albert Pattison and Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq presented the awards.

A member of the Leeds branch YCBACO, Mr Lakin is still umpiring, and put in 170 overs-worth over the weekend.

He took charge of a Wetherby League match on Saturday, and the York Senior League Division One clash between Harrogate 2nds and Hornsea at St George’s Road on Monday.

Still heavily involved in the sport, Mr Lakin is also on the Committee of the Leeds and District Association of Cricket Officials.

He became involved with cricket as a 12-year-old and was encouraged to take up umpiring some 55 years ago by fellow Yorkshire members. He has umpired in the Wetherby League, Dales Council and in later years the York Senior League. He also umpired in the now defunct Leeds and District League.

Brian has also been involved in various Committees, concerning cricket; namely the John Morgan All Stars Charity matches, being Chairman/ Secretary of the Tadcaster Evening League for 10 years and is currently the main organiser for the Leeds Area Council Cup competition.

“I’m still enjoying it, but at my age it tells on the legs after two days of umpiring,” he said.

“My hands were blue on Monday as it was bitterly cold.

“I’m happy to keep going, the target is now to win the top award.”

Malcolm Ripley of East Yorkshire YCBACO was the winner.

Brian is now busy organising the last ever Leeds Area Council Cup final, due to take police at Leeds Police CC in Roundhay on Sunday September 11.

First played for in 1954, the invitational competition final will pit the Pontefract League against the Halifax League.

It will be the last time the Leeds Area Council cup is played for, as the council is being disbanded due to reorganisation within the YCB.

Wickets will be pitched at 1pm, and spectators are advised to bring their own chairs.