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Anna Harris, Yvonne Dolphin-Cooper set to officiate this weekend in what is believed to be a first for the league

Two women are set to stand as umpires in an ECB Premier League match this weekend in what is believed to be a first for the league.

Anna Harris and Yvonne Dolphin-Cooper will umpire Downend’s home West of England Premier League clash with Bedminster in Gloucestershire. The pair will also stand in the South Wales Premier League match between St Fagans and Pontarddulais the following weekend.

After searching record books and speaking to people involved in the game across England and Wales, the ECB could find no record of an all-female duo officiating an ECB Premier League match.

Gloucestershire County Cricket Board hoped that the two appointments would “highlight the fact that a growing number of women are now umpiring, and to encourage even more women to consider officiating at all levels of the sport”.

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