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Close and Johnstone appointed to second consecutive WNCL Final

02-060219 WNCL Final - Close and Johnstone

Cricket Australia (CA) has appointed Supplementary Umpire Panel members Darren Close and Nathan Johnstone to the WNCL Final between New South Wales and Queensland at North Sydney Oval.

Both umpires return for the Final again this weekend, having also been appointed to last season's edition at Blacktown International Sports Park. 

Western Australian Johnstone has had a busy season 2018/19, combining JLT One-Day Cup; JLT Sheffield Shield; Toyota Futures League and Rebel WBBL|04 commitments with WACA Premier Cricket. Johnstone has recently been heavily entrenched in the KFC BBL|08, culminating in an on-field debut in the match between the Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars last weekend at Optus Stadium. Johnstone previously umpired List-A cricket in the early part of his career with an eight-year gap between appearances in the Domestic One-Day Cup. Johnstone made his Fist-Class debut last season when the CA XI hosted England in Townsville.

For Tasmanian Close, appointment to the WNCL Final caps off what has also been a busy season to date. He has officiated across all formats combining red-ball Toyota Futures League appointments with white-ball WNCL and Rebel WBBL|04 matches. Close’s CA commitments fall among his Tasmanian Premier Cricket appointments which are particularly demanding through January. Remarkably, he umpired First-Class and List-A cricket in the late 1980’s as an 18-year old before his umpiring career was interrupted with a move overseas for work before returning to the fold in 2015. In 2017/18 he joined the CA Supplementary Umpire Panel. 

The WNCL Final will be overseen by CA National Referee Panel member Peter Marshall. The Scorers for the Final will be New South Wales pair Christine Bennison and Kay Wilcoxon. The Final will be live streamed through cricket.com.au

Previous WNCL Final Umpires

Season    Venue    Teams   Umpire Umpire  
2017-18  Blacktown INTL Sports Park  NSW v WA Darren Close Nathan Johnstone 
2016-17  AB Field  QLD v NSW MW Graham-Smith  CA Polosak  
2015-16   Hurstville Oval  NSW v SA  SJ Nogajski    AK Wilds 
2014-15  Blacktown INTL Sports Park  NSW v SA GJ Davidson   DB Mealey  
2013-14   North Sydney Oval  NSW v VIC  SAJ Craig    MW Graham-Smith