Ever come back to the pavilion grumbling about that huge nick the umpire didn’t spot when he was giving you out LBW?
Or have you had to take issue with the scorer who absolutely definitely deprived you of a half-century by recording your two runs as leg byes?
Well, if you think you can do better then here’s your chance to prove it.
The Hertfordshire Cricket League is desperate to drive up the standards of umpiring and scoring across all the divisions.
While panel umpires are used in the highest tiers, it is also a league requirement that all match officials in divisions three to six are qualified.
There is also a growing requirement for teams to provide ‘competent’ scorers.
So, the Hertfordshire Association of Cricket Officials is running training courses in the new year for volunteers to learn about these vital skills.
Apart from helping the club meet its obligations under league rules and avoid points deductions, it is a chance to keep up your involvement in club life, perhaps when you want to scale back playing commitments or face a lay-off with injury.
League chairman Tony Johnson said: ‘The greater the number of qualified and competent umpires and scorers we have, the more enjoyable our cricket should become for all.
‘It is in the interests of us all to encourage potential candidates to apply for places on the courses so that we keep a steady flow of new recruits filling these two vital disciplines needed to help manage our matches.’
The umpiring course runs for two hours an evening, one evening a week, for eight weeks.
It is intended for those who wish to understand the laws of cricket and for those who intend to umpire regularly for club, juniors or for league.
No prior knowledge is required and a level 1 umpire certificate is awarded on successful completion of the course and a multiple choice exam.
Venues and dates of courses are Hertford CC, from Monday, January 26; Baldock CC from Tuesday, January 27; Kings Langley CC, from Wednesday, January 28, and Radlett CC, from Tuesday, February 10.
Additionally, there will be a two-day course held at Radlett CC on Sunday, March 22, and Sunday, March 29.
The level 1 scoring courses will be run at Redbourn CC on Tuesdays from January 13; Chorleywood CC on Thursdays from February 12 and at Letchworth CC on Thursdays from January 15.