Millfield student becomes youngest international cricket umpire at Kwibuka Women's T20

By Laura Linham

25th Sep 2023 | Cricket

Upper Sixth Millfield student, Scarlett Hale
Upper Sixth Millfield student, Scarlett Hale

Upper Sixth Millfield student, Scarlett Hale, has made cricketing history by becoming the youngest international umpire at the Kwibuka Women's T20 tournament in Rwanda. The 18-year-old officiated in eight matches during the 10-day competition, including the opening fixture between Rwanda and Botswana, as well as the tournament's final match between Rwanda and Uganda.

Scarlett first developed her enthusiasm for cricket umpiring after participating in the Hampshire Cricket Board's Champions programme, aimed at bolstering girls' skills in umpiring, scoring, and coaching. She made her debut as an umpire at the tender age of 12 in her home county of Hampshire. For the past six years, she has been ascending the ranks, officiating matches for various age groups. This year, she was selected to umpire in notable events like the Women's County Championship Regional Finals Day at Taunton, the Regional Academy Festival, and the Women's Club T20 National Plate Final, as well as men's WEPL league matches.

"Having the title of the youngest international umpire is amazing to have; it still feels crazy to say. I hope it inspires people and shows what you can do when you put your mind to it by working hard and challenging yourself," said Scarlett.

Balancing her academic commitments with her burgeoning umpiring career, Scarlett has made the most of Millfield's specialised sports facilities. "The school have been supportive of my umpiring. During the summer term, I sat down with the cricket coaches and went through school cricket fixtures to decide which ones would be good for me to umpire and fit in my schedule. They have also supported me massively with umpiring tournaments and allowed me extra time to catch up on my work. My teachers help me to plan my schoolwork when I return from tournaments," she explained.

Mark Garaway, Millfield Director of Cricket, lauded Scarlett's achievements. "Scarlett has grasped every opportunity to develop her umpiring with both hands. Her hard work and diligence have given her some incredible experiences both in the UK and overseas. She is a fantastic role model for young people and has helped showcase the diverse development pathways within the game of cricket that we offer to our students."

Currently studying BTEC Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Scarlett has been admitted to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Talent Pathway, a programme curated for experienced umpires aspiring to officiate at cricket's highest level. Upon completing her studies at Millfield, Scarlett plans to spend a season in Australia, where she will umpire and coach, whilst also travelling to different international tournaments. Her long-term goal is to join the professional umpiring circuit, with ambitions of officiating in test matches and The Hundred.


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