An umpire has been recognised for his services to cricket at the most recent Chesterfield Cricket Lovers Society.
Niven Roper was awarded the prestigious Ray Buxton Services to Cricket Award 2016, presented to him by ex-Test bowler and current England selector Angus Fraser.
Niven commenced umpiring in the Bassetlaw League in 1991, progressing to the Derbyshire Premier Leagues shortly after their inauguration in 1999.
Over the last decade, he has also featured on the ECB officials panel for County 2nds fixtures and other national competitions, as well as being appointed to prestigious matches on behalf of ICC in the rapidly emerging women’s arena.
He has also provided training and subsequent mentor support to new umpires and scorers, as well as undertaking the coaching of local youth players.
Upon retirement from banking career in late 2002, he increased his overall voluntary commitment to the game of cricket by overviewing finance-related matters of Derbyshire Cricket Board through positions on both their Executive & Management Committees (2004 -2009).
He joined Chesterfield Cricket Lovers in 1984 and for the last 25 years has been its Treasurer, also covering/co-ordinating other Society roles and duties as needs have dictated
After the completion of 25 consecutive seasons, personal circumstances were considered right to call ‘time’ on umpiring in the professional game, thus enabling the next generation to step forward. In conveying his congratulations and thanks, Chris Kelly, ECB Umpires Manager, declared Niven had lots to be proud of during his umpiring career.
Mike Taylor, Chair of CCLS said: “Hopefully Niven’s on-field participation in the Derbyshire Premier League, as well as his conscientious discharge of many remaining administrative roles for leagues, clubs and other associated organisations, will continue for a few more years yet.
“Members are particularly thankful for his hard work and commitment for the Chesterfield Cricket Lovers Society and look forward to his remaining in his position as Treasurer for many years to come.”