Stuart Chilmaid will have the honour of umpiring at Lord’s for the first time on Sunday (September 17th), but says he won’t be treating it differently to any other game he officiates.
The Kent Cricket Association of Cricket Officials chairman will stand in the 2017 Watsons National Village final between defending champions, Sessay Cricket Club, from Yorkshire and Reed, from Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire.
While Chilmaid, who says he started umpiring ‘properly’ 15 years ago, is really looking forward to making his debut at the home of cricket, he has one thing on his mind.
“I just want to do my job right and make sure the 22 players have the best day of their cricketing lives,” he said.
“I don’t want to be noticed just like any other game I stand in – people won’t be going on Sunday to watch me, well, not apart from my wife.
“Don’t get me wrong, I feel privileged and honoured to be asked to do the job, but it’s not about me.”
And on the subject of being asked to do it, Chilmaid revealed he thought it was a wind-up when he was.
“I got a letter asking if I would be available a few months ago and I had to look at the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1 st ,” he laughed.
“Seriously though, I had no hesitation in accepting.”
Kent Cricket Association of Cricket Officials appointments officer Richard Ellis is delighted to see Chilmaid get the opportunity to do the final.
“I must say that this is a very well deserved appointment,” he said.
“Stuart, over the past two or three seasons, has worked tirelessly not only for all the other officials in the county, but also at his own game to put himself in a position to be nominated and selected for such a prestigious appointment.”
Sunday’s final starts at 11am and tickets are available on the gate.
Under 16: £5
Over 65: £6.50