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NCCA chose Cumbria president as first Unsung Hero PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Tuesday, 30 March 2021

eric carter 2.pngThe National Cricket Association have started a new series ahead of the 2021 season on their website.  They’ve dubbed it Unsung Heroes, and the very first person to be featured is Cumberland/Cumbria stalwart Eric Carter. 

Introducing the series, the article declares - “We all know that in order to be successful, it’s important to have a strong team around you.  

“A successful team goes beyond the players, extending to support staff and volunteers that work hard in the background to make everything happen.  

“Before the season begins, we take a moment to recognise all of the fantastic ‘Unsung Heroes’ involved in the NCCA from the ground staff, scorers, umpires, tea ladies and more. 

“We thank them for being a big part of the cricket community and supporting the game.” 

Currently Cumbria president and treasurer Eric is just about to embark on his 51st season as an umpire. 

Reflecting on that long stint in the middle he says: “I quickly realised that I was better at umpiring than I was at playing the game.” 

Playing the game had involved matches for High Duty Alloys, where he worked at the time, mainly in the Midweek League and occasionally in the Cumberland Senior League. 

He also helped run the HDA football team, occasionally turning out when required. 

It was when he switched jobs and moved to Chapel Bank that he linked-up with the Workington club. That’s when the knocks on the door started! 

“It wasn’t someone asking me to play but Norman Dixon begging me to take the treasurer’s job at the club, and eventually I succumbed,” recalls Eric. 

That was the start of a series of treasurer’s appointments - Workington club, the Cumberland Senior League/Cumbria League and then Cumberland. 

“I did 35 years with the League and am in my 21st and final year as Cumberland treasurer,” he says. 

But those longevity figures pale by the side of his umpiring exploits as he looks forward to his 51st season standing in the middle. 

In that time he has umpired in all the major county Cup finals – Burton, Higson, Meageen and County. 

He also recalls standing in a game between a Cumberland X1 and a Scotland X1 when Omar Henry was the first black player to represent Scotland. 

Over the years Eric has been a solid supporter and representative of Cumberland/Cumbria at MCCA meetings, and was proud to be appointed President of the county club last year. 

At 74 Eric is still as enthusiastic about the game as he ever was and, after last season’s blank campaign, is looking forward to lots more cricket this time round. 

He knew nothing about the NCCA website feature but says he is “genuinely chuffed” to be the first Unsung Hero chosen. 

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