Cricket Umpires Australia
Lightbody makes List A debut in Matador BBQs One-Day Cup
Congratulations to Simon Lightbody who makes his List A debut today in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup fixture between Victoria and the Cricket Australia XI at North Sydney Oval.
Hailing from Canberra, Lightbody began his umpiring career at the end of the 2005/06 season with the ACT Umpires and Scorers Council. The following year he made his First Grade debut, and at season’s end was awarded the Brian Lawrence Award for the best First Year Umpire. In total, Lightbody has stood in 109 First Grade fixtures in Canberra, as part of a total of 215 matches in the nation’s capital.
In season 2011/12, Lightbody started officiating north of the border alongside his ACT Premier Cricket appointments, before fully committing himself to the Sydney Premier competition the following season. To date, Lightbody has officiated in a total of 70 New South Wales Premier matches, of which 62 have been in the First Grade. The 565km return journey between Canberra and Sydney each weekend is testament to his true dedication to umpiring and strive for excellence.
Throughout his pathway, Lightbody has been involved in several underage championships, including his first at the Under 17’s in 2008/09, and was then appointed in five further Under 19 tournaments. In April 2012, Lightbody officiated in five games in the Under 19 International One-Day Series between Australia, England, New Zealand and India in Townsville. He again featured in an Under 19 International fixture in April 2015, this time between Australia and England at the WACA in a rare four-day fixture played under Test conditions.
In 2015/16, Lightbody was appointed to the Cricket Australia Development Umpire Panel, which included interstate appointments for Toyota Futures League and Rebel WBBL fixtures around the country. Lightbody’s personal development has been further strengthened this season with his involvement in the Australian Sports Commission National Officiating Scholarship program.
Lightbody debuts alongside Gerard Abood, John Ward (Reserve) and Match Referee Daryl Harper.