Cricket Umpires Australia


Tasmanian Scorer makes Test Match Debut

13 January 2022


Tasmanian Cricket Scorer Nathan Bester will today officiate in his first Test Match when Australia play England in the Fifth Vodafone Ashes Test Match at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

Bester commenced his First-Grade scoring in 1998 for the Clarence Cricket Club. In 2000-01, Bester started an eleven-year association with the Westbury Cricket Club running the scorebook in the First Grade travelling across the North and North West of Tasmania. Bester’s first taste of representative cricket was in 2001 when South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania played off in a Challenge Series in Launceston. Bester continued to officiate in the scorers seat at a representative level for the Northern Tasmanian Cricket Association (NTCA) in state competitions through to the end of the 2000’s.

Bester made his Australian Domestic T20 scorers’ debut in the KFC Big Bash match between Tasmania and South Australia at the NTCA Ground where over 7,000 spectators passed through the gates. In 2010-11, Bester took up the senior scorer’s role with the South Hobart-Sandy Bay Cricket Club. That season, Bester joined Tasmania’s State Scorers’ Panel making his First-Class, List-A and Women’s Domestic T20 debuts. Bester has also formed part of the scorers’ group in various Cricket Australia underage National Championships that have been held in Tasmania.

In 2015, Bester joined sat in the scorers’ chair in the ICC Cricket World Cup in Hobart which included appointment to the Ireland Vs Zimbabwe pool match at Blundstone Arena. Adding to the list of significant appointments, Bester has officiated in England Lions Tour Matches, One Day Internationals and the Sheffield Shield Final between Victoria and Western Australia in 2014-15. Bester’s other domestic Final’s appearance was the Domestic One-Day Final between Western Australia and South Australia in 2017-18. The following season, Bester became Lindisfarne Cricket Club’s Administrator and Senior Club Scorer, scoring First Grade on Saturdays and Lower Grades Sundays. Bester’s commitment to the scoring fraternity saw him run the book in more than 70 matches up and down Tasmania that season before experiencing pandemic interrupted seasons since.

Today, Bester becomes the 116th Australian Test Match scorer and is accompanied in the box by Graeme Hamley.