Taylor relishes umpiring gig

January 15, 2016
Jacqueline Williams is one of four Jamaican umpires in the tournament.
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Chris Taylor, one of four Jamaican umpires officiating at the West Indies Cricket Board-NAGICO Super50 Tournament, is relishing the opportunity.

"It's an honour and privilege to represent both myself and my country, and to be a part of the West Indies senior panel, which features the best 12 umpires from around the region," said Taylor.

"It's been a really good tournament so far. With experiences in day and night matches here at Warner Park in St Kitts, and I am looking forward to more experiences as I go along," he added.

Jamaica, renowned for producing the internationally acclaimed, now-retired umpire, Steve Bucknor, has the highest complement of umpires at the premier regional one-day event.

Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, with three umpires each, are the next best. The other Jamaicans in the West Indies senior panel of umpires are Patrick Gustard, Verdayne Smith, and record-setting female umpire, Jacqueline Williams.

"With four of us being selected for the tournament, I believe it says a lot about the growth and development of umpires in the country," said Taylor, a former banker who four years ago officiated in his first regional match.

The three-week Super50, currently at its midway stage, is being jointly hosted by St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.

The latter is down to stage the semi-finals and final, starting next Wednesday, with the final set for next Saturday.

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