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Match Referee Steve Bernard brings up half century

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Cricket Australia (CA) National Match Referee Panel (NRP) member Steve Bernard will officiate his 50th BBL Match when the Sydney Thunder take on the Melbourne Renegades at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Bernard played 29 First-Class matches for New South Wales between 1970 and 1978 with his first in the once traditional Boxing Day Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales at the MCG. He played a further eight Domestic One-Day Cup matches for New South Wales. After his playing days, Bernard became a selector for New South Wales in the 1980’s then an Australian selector before going on to coach the Australian Under 19 side in 1990-91.

Bernard then took his cricket administration expertise to the Australian Cricket Team when he was appointed Team Manager in 1998. His tenure in the Australian dressing room saw three World Cup wins in a row together with many Test-Series victories in between (including four Ashes Series wins).

In 2013, Bernard stepped into Match Officialdom when he was appointed by Cricket Australia to the National Match Referee Panel. Bernard’s First-Class refereeing debut was in the ICC Inter-Continental Cup match the UAE and Ireland in March 2013. Bernard’s first Sheffield Shield match was between Queensland and Tasmania at AB Field later that year.

It was in the third season of the BBL that Bernard made his first T20 Domestic debut, when Brisbane Heat played Perth Scorchers at the Gabba in December 2013. Since then, Bernard has officiated all around the world as an ICC International Panel Referee, most notably in the East Asia Pacific region where his commitment to growing the game in that region is on show.

Bernard made his men's One-Day International debut in January 2016 when Hong Kong played Scotland in the ICC World Cricket League Championships and last year, Bernard was called up by the ICC to officiate the ODI Series between New Zealand and Bangladesh, and again for the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

Bernard becomes the fourth Match Referee to reach the 50 BBL-game milestone and will officiate with alongside on-field umpires Simon Fry and Donovan Koch, Third Umpire Phil Gillespie and Fourth Umpire Troy Penman.