Cricket Umpires Australia
50 BBL Matches for Mike Graham-Smith
Cricket Australia (CA) National Umpire Panel (NUP) member Mike Graham-Smith has officiated his 50th on-field KFC BBL match.
Graham-Smith is a former player who played over 200 First-Grade matches for the University of Tasmania Cricket Club in Tasmania’s Premier Cricket competition before switching to umpiring in 2007. Graham-Smith’s umpiring journey progressed officiating in the 2009 Under 17 Male National Championships, moving to the Under 19 Male competition the following year. In 2013, Graham-Smith was elevated to the National Umpiring Panel. That season saw Graham-Smith debut in both List-A and First-Class cricket. The latter involving a full-strength New South Wales take on a full-strength Victoria at the MCG. Graham-Smith has since stood in 31 First-Class and 23 List-A placing him in the top echelon of umpires to come out of the Apple Isle.
In 2017 and again in 2018, Graham-Smith stood in the Semi-Finals of the rebel WBBL. Graham-Smith has been appointed Third Umpire on 16 occasions in the KFC BBL. Graham-Smith was appointed to the CA Under 17 Male National Championships where he fulfilled a mentoring and advisory role for the next crop of pathway umpires in 2018/19. In February of that season, Graham-Smith travelled to New Zealand on the Umpire Exchange program to officiate in the Plunket Shield.
At International level, Graham-Smith has stood in four Women’s One Day Internationals, including officiating in all three of this year’s Rosebowl Series between Australia and New Zealand in the Brisbane Hub. Graham-Smith also stood in the Women’s T20 International Series between the two nations.
Graham-Smith’s 50th Domestic T20 match fittingly is at his home ground of Blundstone Arena, and he becomes the first Tasmanian Umpire to reach this milestone.