National acolade for young Sheffield umpire

Jonathan Crabtree receiving  a plaque for umpiring a junior national club championship from Eoin Morgan
Jonathan Crabtree receiving a plaque for umpiring a junior national club championship from Eoin Morgan
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Umpire Jonathan Crabtree has been named runner-up in the young official of the year in the Sports Official UK National Awards.

Governing bodies from 25 sports nominate one candidate and the 22-year-old won the cricket vote.

Jonathan, of Norton Lees, Sheffield, has played cricket from the age of 10 and took up umpiring by accident five years later.

He said: “My team turned up for a game and there was no umpire. A team mate asked if I fancied doing the job and an umpire was born.”

Crabtree, a teacher at St Wilfrid’s Primary School, progressed through the grades and this year became the youngest umpire in Yorkshire to complete the Level 2 award.

He takes the job seriously and in March travelled to the United Arab Emirates to do some pre-season umpiring including at the Sharjah International Stadium, where England recently played a Test match against Pakistan.

He regularly umpires in the South Yorkshire Championship which is the highest standard that is currently available to him.

In August he was appointed to the prestigious Bunbury Festival, featured on Sky Sports and including the top Under-15 county cricketers in the country.

Whilst at Bunbury he received excellent feedback from, among others, ex-international umpire John Holder.

Of the awards ceremony in Malvern Worcestershire, he said: “It was a great evening and an excellent opportunity to meet officials from other sports.

“I was overwhelmed after the presentations when international umpire Richard Kettleborough came over to me for a chat.”