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Bob Parry makes List A Match Referee Debut in Sydney
Former international Umpire Bob Parry makes his List A debut as a Match Referee today in the JLT One-Day Cup fixture between Victoria and the Cricket Australia XI at Hurstville Oval in Sydney
Whilst Bob Parry hung up his counter in February 2012, today he takes another step in his Match Officiating journey as he transitions from former decorated international Umpire to take up a new off-field post as Match Referee.
Parry’s Umpiring career in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition spanned from the 1994/95 season through until 2011/12. He stood in a total of 181 First XI fixtures, which included nine Finals.
It’s been almost 20 years since Parry’s Umpiring List A debut, where he took to the field in November 1997 in a Mercantile Mutual Cup fixture between Victoria and the ACT in Bendigo. He went on to officiate in 64 List A fixtures – 45 of which were Australian Domestic One-Day Cup games and a further eight as TV Umpire. During this time he was appointed to the Ford Ranger Cup Final in February 2007 between Victoria and Queensland at the MCG.
In December 1998, Parry made his First-Class debut at the MCG in the fixture between Victoria and Queensland alongside now fellow Match Referee Daryl Harper. His First-Class career yielded a total of 83 fixtures, and of his 77 Sheffield Shield matches, four were Finals. These Finals were high scoring affairs held across the MCG (Victoria scored 710); Gabba (Queensland scored 900); Hobart (Tasmania scored 460) and SCG (New South Wales scored 563).
In 2001/02 Parry joined the National Umpire Panel and in December that year he made his Third Umpire debut in the Test Match between Australia and South Africa at the MCG. Now a rare feat to officiate your own country from the hot seat, he was appointed to a total of seven Test Matches throughout his career.
Parry went on to make his One-Day International debut on 11 January 2002 at the MCG where Australia hosted New Zealand. In total, he stood in four One-Day Internationals plus a further 31 as TV Umpire. Whilst he stood on-field in three Women’s One-Day Internationals, Parry already has two Women’s ODIs to his name as Match Referee following his appointment to the Women’s Series between Australia and India in February 2016 in Hobart.
In the shortest format, Parry was appointed to two Twenty20 Internationals. His debut in January 2006 at the Gabba was not only a first for him, but was also the first ever T20 International played on Australian soil. On the domestic scene, Parry stood in 12 T20 fixtures, including eight as part of the previous state based competition, and a further four in the Big Bash League.
Parry’s involvement off-field has been just as instrumental as his on-field career over the years, with Umpires from across Australia and the world having benefited from his knowledge and expertise from his time with Cricket Victoria, the ICC East Asia Pacific and Cricket Australia.
A Match Referee is a member of the Playing Control Team (PCT) with the responsibility to oversee the delivery and effective conduct of an Australian domestic cricket match. This includes, primarily, the accurate and timely assessment of the performance of the umpires officiating the match; ensuring the game is delivered in accordance with the laws and spirit and that standard playing conditions are applicable to the competition they are officiating.
Parry will join Paul Wilson and Simon Lightbody in the PCT today at Hurstville Oval.