Cricket Umpires Australia


Kepler Wessels makes List-A Match Referee Debut

28 March 2021

Kepler Wessels

Cricket Australia (CA) Match Referee Panel (MRP) member Kepler Wessels made his List-A Match Referee debut in the Marsh One Day Cup match between Queensland and South Australia at Allan Border Field in Brisbane today.

Wessels’ cricketing career to date has been a remarkable journey that spans almost all aspects of the game: playing, coaching, commentating and now match officiating. Wessels’ First-Class playing career began back in 1973/74 as a 16-year old in South Africa and finished in the 1999/2000 season after playing 316 matches. Wessels first moved to Australia playing World Series Cricket for the Australian XI, then debuting for Queensland before playing the first of his 40 Test Matches in 1982. Wessels played 24 Test Matches for Australia before moving back to South Africa and lead the side in their first appearance in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1992. Wessels went on to captain his country in another 16 Test Matches. Wessels made 109 One-Day Internationals appearances throughout his career – 54 for Australia and 55 for South Africa. In Australian Domestic One Day Cup matches, Wessels played 19 matches for Queensland, winning the competition in 1980/81 and again in 1981/82.

Wessels joined the Match Officials team back in 2018/19 after being appointed to the Supplementary Referee Panel officiating mainly in the WBBL, WNCL, National Underage Championships and Second XI along with visiting tour matches. Wessels made his First-Class Refereeing Debut last season at the WACA in Perth when Western Australia played Queensland in the Sheffield Shield, going on to officiate a further two matches in the Adelaide Shield hub earlier this season. Wessels also officiated the first of his nine KFC BBL matches when the Brisbane Heat played the Adelaide Strikers at the Gabba back in December.

Wessels was joined today by on-field umpires Donovan Koch and Paul Reiffel in the match officials’ team.