Cricket Umpires Australia


KFC BBL|08 Final appointments announced

16 February 2019

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Cricket Australia (CA) has announced the Match Officials for the KFC BBL|08 Final between Melbourne Renegades and the Melbourne Stars at Marvel Stadium.

CA National Umpire Panel members Gerard Abood and Sam Nogajski have been appointed on-field for Sunday’s Final while Simon Fry will fulfil Third Umpire duties. The Fourth Umpire is Shawn Craig and National Match Referee Panel member Bob Stratford will oversee the Final as Match Referee. Keeping tally in the scorers’ box will be Jim Hamilton and James Higgs.

It’s been a busy summer for Abood who has officiated in all formats at both international and domestic level across the season. Abood was appointed Third Umpire in this season’s JLT Cup Final back in October before making his One-Day International Debut in the second series match between Australia and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. Abood’s international season moved on to the shortest format where he officiated on-field and as Third Umpire in the three-match series between Australia and India.

Abood’s red ball season alternated between JLT Sheffield Shield and Test Match commitments, appointed as Fourth Umpire in the Domain First Test between Australia and India also at the Adelaide Oval. Abood’s KFC BBL|08 campaign commenced under the roof at Marvel Stadium in December having reached the 50 Domestic T20 Match Milestone late last season. His appointment to the BBL Final will be his first on-field and he will be joined by his partner from last season’s JLT Sheffield Shield Final, Sam Nogajski.

Nogajski’s has had a similarly busy 2018/19 season. He stood alongside Paul Wilson in the final of this season’s JLT One-Day Cup Final in October and like Abood was appointed as Fourth Umpire to the Domain Test Series between Australia and India. His Australian season took a temporary break as he travelled to the West Indies for the ICC Women’s World T20 Cup. After Christmas he turned his attention to men’s international cricket, when he stood in the One-Day International at Adelaide Oval. 

Nogajski is no stranger to the BBL final, having stood on-field in the BBL|05 decider between the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Thunder at the MCG in 2016.

Sunday 17 February - BBL08 Final | Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars – 2:45pm Marvel Stadium

  • On-Field Umpires: Gerard Abood & Sam Nogajski
  • Third Umpire: Simon Fry
  • Fourth Umpire: Shawn Craig
  • Match Referee: Bob Stratford
  • Scorers: Jim Hamilton and James Higgs