Alan Morris is to umpire the arrowselfdrive Sykes Cup final.
Having just celebrated his 65th birthday, Delph-based Morris has stepped in to replace Geoff Ladbrooke for the showpiece final at Honley on Sunday, August 10.
Ladbrooke, from Marsden, has unfortunately had to pull out, so Morris will now be alongside David Nunns, from Cowlersley, when holders Hoylandswaine defend the cup against Steve Whitwam’s Golcar.
It’s a worthy honour for Morris, who is in his 11th season of umpiring in the Drakes Huddersfield League, and comes as he is preparing to retire from work at the end of this month.
Morris has been a painter and decorator for 50 years and says he has finally had enough of paint and wallpaper to last him a lifetime!
Meanwhile, the Sykes Cup final, is one of the major events at which PA announcements are made.
In previous years the league have always rented the equipment to provide information at their big occasions, but now they are thinking of investing around £1,000 on a tannoy system of their own.
Les Harrison, the league webmaster (with son Jamie), has offered to source a top-class system with all the necessary features, and the Drakes Executive have given their go-ahead.
After last week’s virtual wash-out, Drakes clubs have been reminded they must submit teamsheets and result sheet for all matches, even those rained off, for player eligibility purposes.
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