Cricket Umpires Australia
Donovan Koch makes First Class Umpiring debut at MCG
Congratulations to Queensland’s Donovan Koch who makes his First Class Umpiring debut in the JLT Sheffield Shield fixture between Victoria and Tasmania today at the MCG.
Koch commenced his First Class playing career at Western Province in South Africa in 1997 and went on to play 21 First Class matches and a further 20 List A games. He then moved to England in March 2003 where he played for Whitley Hall Cricket Club in the South Yorkshire Cricket League. In 2011 Koch began his umpiring career in the Yorkshire League and by the completion of his first season was appointed to officiate his first ECB Second XI match and Minor Counties fixtures.
In September 2012 Koch and his family arrived in Australia and he commenced umpiring in the Queensland Premier Cricket competition that season. He made his First-Grade debut the following season and was appointed to the Alan Pettigrew Second-Grade Grand Final at the end of the year. He was also awarded the Mel Johnson Medal, which is awarded to the member who shows great promise and has the potential to reach the elite level in umpiring.
Koch then commenced his Cricket Australia pathway the following season with appointment to Toyota Futures League; WNCL and WT20 fixtures as well as the CA Under 17 National Championships in Tasmania. In 2014/14 he was also appointed to the first of three consecutive appointments to the Queensland Premier Cricket First Grade Final. In December 2015 Koch officiated at the CA Under 19 National Championships in Adelaide and soon after officiated in the inaugural WBBL.
In 2016/17 Koch stood in two Tour Matches including the Cricket Australia XI versus Pakistan at AB Field and the Governor General’s XI featuring the Australian Women and South African Women in Sydney. Amongst five WBBL fixtures, he also made his debut in the Third Umpire chair for a BBL fixture at the SCG before concluding another big season with appointment to the Under 19 International Series in Hobart. Koch’s personal development was further strengthened in 2016 with his involvement in the Australian Sports Commission National Officiating Scholarship program before his much-deserved appointment to the CA Development Umpire Panel in season 2016/17.
In September 2017 Koch made his List A debut in the JLT One-Day Cup competition in the fixture between Queensland and the Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane, and stood in a second game in Sydney later in the same tournament. Koch was appointed to two rain affected Women’s Tour Matches in Brisbane before appointment as Fourth Umpire to the first Women’s One-Day International at AB Field.
Koch debuts alongside Sam Nogajski and Match Referee David Talalla. Former Victorian Test Umpire and Victorian Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association Life Member, Len King, was on hand to present his award and recognise this important milestone.
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