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David Johnston adds another cricketing milestone to resume

17 February 2021

02-170221 David Johnston First-Class debut

Congratulations to David Johnston who today adds First-Class Match Referee to his already impressive resume as a cricket administrator, as he oversees proceedings at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

Johnston joined the Cricket Australia Match Officials team in 2017/18. He has officiated across the WNCL and Toyota Second XI; and currently has 30 matches to his name in the Rebel W/BBL. This included appointment to the Rebel W/BBL Final|05 Final in Brisbane between the Heat and the Strikers. 

Johnston served as Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Officer for an incredible 19 years. His tenure included being instrumental in the redevelopment of Blundstone Arena in which the David Boon; Ricky Ponting and Members’ Stands were constructed. There was unprecedent success of the men’s team during his time, including three Sheffield Shield and three One-Day Cup titles. He oversaw the formation of the men’s and women’s Hobart Hurricanes team and Tasmanian Women’s team (formerly the Roar); witnessed an increase in playing participation and the opening of the Cricket Museum at Blundstone Arena. 

As a player, Johnston played 10 First-Class matches and 15 List-A domestic games for South Australia, including the 1983/84 Final as part of the winning side. 

Today he was fittingly presented with his debut certificate by current Cricket Tasmania CEO, Dominic Baker. The Marsh Sheffield Shield match between Tasmania and Queensland is being umpired by Darren Close and Bruce Oxenford, whilst Graeme Hamley and Roy Loh are Scorers.