Cricket Umpires Australia
Cricket Australia thanks David Shepard for his contribution to Australian Cricket
Cricket Australia congratulates and thanks Australian First-Class Umpire David Shepard on his contribution to Australian Cricket.
Shepard started his cricket career as a player in the 1994/95 season for the Hawthorn-Waverley Cricket Club in Victoria and over his 13 seasons amassed 193 Premier First games taking 313 wickets at an average of 23.25. On 21 October 1998, Shepard made his First-Class debut for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the MCG. Immediately following this four-day fixture he played the first of six Domestic One-Day Cup games. With the combination of his Premier First Grade and State appearances, Shepard was inducted into the illustrious Cricket Victoria ‘200 Club’, which recognises individuals who have played/umpired or scored a combined total of 200 First Class, List A or Victorian Cricket Association First XI matches.
Shepard ended his playing career and transitioned to umpiring in time for the second half of the 2011/12 season. The following season, Shepard made his First-Grade debut and commenced his Cricket Australia pathway in 2013/14. Shepard was appointed to the Cricket Australia National Under 17 Championships and the next three consecutive seasons Shepard officiated in the CA Under 19 Male National Championships. In 2014/15 Shepard joined the CA Project Panel and was elevated to the Development (now Supplementary) Umpire Panel the following year. Shepard’s personal development was further strengthened in 2015 with his involvement in the Australian Sports Commission National Officiating Scholarship program.
In November 2017, Shepard made his First-Class debut in the CA XI versus England Tour Match under lights at the Adelaide Oval. In doing so, Shepard became the 127th Victorian to umpire First-Class Cricket. Shepard travelled to Canberra to stand in the Prime Minister’s XI match against the touring England side at Manuka Oval. He stood on-field in the 2017/18 Victorian First-Grade Final and was named First-Grade Umpire of the Year by the Victorian Cricket Umpire and Scorers Association. Last season, Shepard made his Domestic One-Day Cup debut when Victoria played South Australia at the Junction Oval.
Throughout his career, Shepard has been a regular fixture in the WBBL, standing on-field in 24 Women’s Domestic T20 matches and a further four Third Umpire appointments including the 2015/16 Semi Final between the Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers. Most recently in season 2018/19, he officiated in seven WBBL matches across Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane and Sydney. Shepard’s performances across the WBBL season also saw him appointed to the sold out WBBL Final between the Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Sixers at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney. Shepard has also been on the men’s Domestic T20 scene for the last five seasons fulfilling Third and Fourth Umpire duties. Shepard first appeared in the Third Umpire’s box in January 2017 in the fixture between the Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat at the MCG. He has a further ten Third Umpire appointments to his name in the KFC BBL. In January this year, Shepard made his on-field Debut in the KFC BBL match between the Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers, also at the Adelaide Oval.
Together with his CA umpiring commitments, Shepard has officiated on-field in 66 Victorian Premier First-Grade matches and has umpired in the National Inclusion Cricket Championships held in Geelong. Shepard’s significant cricketing contribution to date is recognised and celebrated by Cricket Australia.