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CA Match Officials Achieve Half-century Milestones

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Cricket Australia National Umpire Panel members John Ward, Geoff Joshua, Simon Fry and Paul Wilson have all surpassed the 50-Match milestone in Domestic T20 Cricket.

All three umpires officiated in the former State-based KFC Big Bash and are now officiating in the 8th Season of the KFC BBL.

John Ward stood in his 50th Australian Domestic T20 Match in the fixture between the Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast. Ward debuted in the shortest format in the 2006 match between Victoria and South Australia at the Junction Oval alongside Gerard Abood. The following season, Ward officiated in the Final between Victoria and Tasmania at the MCG. Ward again officiated in the Final, this time 2010/11 between South Australia and New South Wales. Ward was appointed on-field to the inaugural Final of the current version of the BBL between the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers at the WACA. Ward got to travel the world with his umpiring, making the long trek to officiate in the Caribbean Premier League two years in a row which included appointment to both Finals. Ward has also stood at the highest level in the shortest format debuting in the T20 International match between Australia and the West Indies in 2013. In total, Ward has officiated on-field four Australian Domestic T20 Finals and is the second Australian umpire to reach this milestone.

It’s been a milestone year for Geoff Joshua, bringing up his 50th Australian Domestic T20 Match at Adelaide Oval, the same venue where he notched up his 50th First Class game earlier in the season. Joshua made his Domestic T20 debut in the match between Victoria and South Australia at the MCG alongside fellow Victorian John Ward in 2009. Joshua’s first BBL Match was between the Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. His on-field colleague that day was Simon Fry, with whom he also stood with for his 50th match in the fixture between the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades. Joshua was appointed to the 2014/15 Semi-Final between the Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars at the WACA and went on to stand in the next two Semi-Finals in 2015/16 and 2016/17. Joshua officiated as 3rd Umpire for two other Semi Finals in 2012/13 and again in 2013/14 and has also been appointed to two Finals as 3rd Umpire, first in 2015/16 and again in 2017/18. Joshua becomes the third Australian Umpire to stand on-field in 50 Domestic T20 matches.

Simon Fry stood in his 50th Australian Domestic T20 Match in the fixture between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena. Fry made his Domestic T20 in the match between South Australia and Western Australia at the Adelaide Oval in 2006. In 2009, Fry was appointed on-field to the Final between South Australia and Victoria at his home ground, the Adelaide Oval. The following season, Fry made his T20 International Umpiring debut in the match between Australia and England in Adelaide. Fry was appointed to the BBL Final in 2012/13 between the Perth Scorchers and the Brisbane Heat at the WACA. In total, Fry has stood on-field in three Domestic T20 Finals. At the International level, Fry has stood in 16 T20 Internationals, and becomes the fourth Australian Umpire to stand on-field in 50 Domestic T20 matches.

The fifth Australian Umpire to bring up this milestone is Paul Wilson. Wilson brought up his half century in the match between the Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes. Wilson was originally due to achieve this milestone early in the new year, but a late change of appointments to stand in the New Zealand v Sri Lanka One-Day International Series has seen his 50th match pushed back to one of his previous homes also as a First-Class cricketer, Adelaide Oval. Wilson made his Domestic T20 Debut in the former State-based Big Bash match between Western Australia and Queensland at the WACA in January 2009. Wilson’s partner that day was Western Australian Mick Martell. Wilson stood on-field in the second ever BBL Match between the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder at the MCG in December 2011. The following season, Wilson stood on-field in the Semi-Final between the Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat at the Docklands stadium in Melbourne. Wilson’s progression continued as he made his International T20 Debut in the Match between Australian and England at the MCG in January 2014. Wilson was on-field for the thrilling 2015 BBL Final between the Sydney Sixers and the Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval in Canberra. That match famous for its amazing last ball (missed run-out) finish. Later that year, Wilson travelled to Northern Ireland to officiate in the ICC Qualifying tournament. Wilson’s tally of 50 Domestic includes two Finals with a further 11 T20 Internationals to his name.

Gerard Abood was the first Australian umpire to achieve this milestone, bringing up his 50th game in the middle during the KFC BBL|07.