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Darren Close

 

Born Launceston, Tasmania
Occupation Teacher
Local Umpiring Association Cricket North West, CTPL
Favourite cricketer growing up Viv Richards
One word to describe you Solid
Favourite sporting team

Queens Park Rangers FC, North Melbourne Kangaroos

Which cricket club did you play for

Vultures Cricket Club, London. The Village Cricket Club, Birmingham

What was your first ever job Newspaper Boy (when that was a thing)
Who would play you in a movie Shane Jacobson
Favourite holiday destination Berny Riviere, France
Which sporting event in the world would you love to attend FIFA World Cup Final
Favourite food Any Indian Curry
What talent do you wish you had Play a musical instrument
What’s the best advice you’ve received

Don’t try to be something you are not. Never downplay where you are from or where you are going

If you could invite three people to your house for dinner, who would they be and why

Robin Williams (funny & quirky), Charlize Theron (interesting & talented) & Oscar Wilde (intelligent & witty)

UMPIRING BACKGROUND

Why did you choose umpiring?

To give it a go and to help out my coach at the time

Who has had the most influence on your umpiring career?

In the early years, Lance Cox – North West Tasmania Umpires Advisor, and latterly, Richard Widows – Tasmania High Performance Umpire Coach

My wife and children for their support & encouragement

Describe your memories from your First Class debut

Devonport Oval in October 1986 – Tas v Vic. I remember the first decision I made was giving Keith Bradshaw out CB off Simon O’Donnell. Merv Hughes steaming in from my end. Dean Jones scored a memorable 111

Which is your favourite cricket ground to umpire at and why?

Adelaide Oval - I umpired there in 1988 for the U19 World Cup and then again recently in the Big Bash. It has a special atmosphere

What's the strangest thing you've seen happen on field?

A batsman being hit on the helmet, and going down, in a 1st Grade Final and his mother coming out onto the field to berate the bowler by shouting at him and calling him, amongst other things, a bully. The batsman was very embarrassed in asking his mum to get off the field

Greatest cricket moment you've seen on field?

Being at the bowler’s end when Dennis Lillee delivered his first ball, after signing for Tasmania, dismissing Andrew Hilditch caught behind. Hilditch stood his ground so I had to raise the finger and the crowd went wild

If you could invent a new rule for the game, what would it be?

More of a penalty for bowling foot fault no-balls. Something like 2 runs and a free hit, in all forms of the game

Why should people get involved with umpiring?

 It is a great way to see a great game. Also a great way to stay in the game, particularly if you’re ending your playing days

What advice would you give to aspiring umpires?

Trust yourself and enjoy the experience. Be reflective and always remain a student of the game