FORMER Frodsham Cricket Club all-rounder Alastair Davies has been promoted to the Minor Counties umpires list.
He is only the third Cheshire County League middleman to serve on the Minors list.
Davies served Frodsham as a wick-etkeeper-batsman but took up umpiring after a knee injury.
The 45-year-old electrical engineer lives in Kingsley and works in the construction business.
He intends to continue umpiring in the County League 'as much as possible' in 2007.
But Davies sees Minor Counties duty as a stepping stone to the first-class list.
* Panel umpires will be appointed for all rounds of the Cheshire Cup and Shield from next season and their expenses met by the clubs involved.
* Cheshire will open their Minor Counties Cricket Association Knockout group fixtures against holders Northumberland at Grappenhall on Sunday, May 6.
The group fixtures continue against Herefordshire at Colwall on Sunday, May 13 with Shropshire at home to be confirmed on Sunday, May 20 and finish against Cumberland at Barrow on Sunday, June 3.
The final is at Lord's on Monday, August 27.
In the championship, Cheshire face a tough start against champions Devon at Chester Boughton Hall from Sunday - Tuesday, June 10-12.
All fixtures are provisional.