A FORMER South Cheshire cricketer now umpiring first-class matches in New Zealand has been invited to stand in county league matches this summer.
Derek Walker, who played for Nantwich, Crewe, Sandbach and Elworth before emigrating, will be in the country for six weeks this year on a scholarship designed to give leading umpires overseas experience.
He has competed five seasons of umpiring top cricket Down Under and recently acted as TV umpire with Billy Bowden and Tony Hill for New Zealand's domestic one-day final.
He has also been fourth official in six one-day internationals.
Geoff Wellsteed, CD Bramhall Trucks League umpires and scorers association secretary, said: 'When Derek contacted us we were delighted to offer him appointments in the Premier League during his visit.
'We have also invited him to attend our mid-season meeting on July 18 to give a talk about cricket in his adopted country.'