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50 KFC BBL Matches for Tony Wilds

16 January 2022

Tony Wilds

Cricket Australia (CA) National Umpire Panel (NUP) member Tony Wilds brings up the 50 KFC BBL match milestone this week when the Melbourne Stars play the Brisbane Heat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Wilds began umpiring career in Bathurst, country New South Wales and spent several years umpiring in the Bathurst and Orange region, during which time he was appointed to the New South Wales Country Representative Panel. Wilds then began umpiring in the Sydney Grade competition were his consistent performances were duly recognised with appointment to the State Umpire Panel. Wilds has gone on to stand in over 170 First Grade games over the last decade including multiple First-Grade Grand Finals. Through the years, Tony has shown great commitment to his Premier Cricket umpiring making the regular journey from Bathurst to Sydney to officiate. Wilds has been named NSW Premier Panel 1 Umpire of the Year twice, going back-to-back in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons

Wilds was appointed by Cricket Australia to the then Development Umpire Panel and went on to make his List-A debut when Tasmania played Victoria at Allan Border Field, Brisbane in October 2014. Wilds made his First-Class debut in February 2015 in a Sheffield Shield fixture between New South Wales and Western Australia in Newcastle. Since that time, Wilds has stood in 14 List-A game and 21 First-Class matches. Prior to the 2017/18 season, Wilds was elevated to the Cricket Australia National Umpire Panel

On the International front, Wilds made his Women’s One Day International debut in January 21014 when Australia played England at Blundstone Arena in Hobart and has gone on to stand in seven Women’s One Day Internationals. Wilds also has nine Women’s T20 Internationals to his name since debuting in that same Ashes series of 2013/14. In addition to his 50 BBL matches, Wilds has stood in 20 WBBL matches including four Semi-Finals and was in the Third Umpire’s chair for last season’s WBBL Final. Wilds made his Big Bash League debut on-field at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2017 when the Sydney Sixers played the Melbourne Renegades in front of over 30,000 fans. Wilds also has a further 17 appointments as third umpire. Wilds becomes just the eleventh umpire to stand in 50 Australian domestic T20 matches.