Cricket Umpires Australia
Nathan Johnstone elevated to the Cricket Australia National Umpire Panel
Cricket Australia (CA) have announced that West Australian Umpire Nathan Johnstone has been elevated from the CA Supplementary Umpire Panel (SUP) to the National Umpire Panel (NUP) for season 2022/23.
Johnstone’s umpiring journey began in the Western Australian Premier Cricket competition in the early 2000s. During those early years, Johnstone was appointed to the WA State Umpire Panel (STUP) and officiated in CA competitions standing in WNCL and CA Underage National Championship matches. Johnstone made his List-A Debut in 2010 at his home ground the WACA in the One Day Cup match between Western Australia and Queensland. In January 2011 he made his Women’s One-Day International debut when Australia played England at the WACA Ground. He was then appointed to all three of the Women’s Rose Bowl Series fixtures between Australia and New Zealand in January 2012, before again officiating the same teams in two One-Day Internationals in December 2012.
At the close of the 2016/17 Nathan was appointed to the Under 19 International Series in Hobart between Australia and Sri Lanka. This complemented an Under 19 International Test Match earlier in his career in April 2009 where Australia hosted India at the WACA. Johnstone further strengthened his officiating credentials in 2017 when he undertook and completed the Australian Sports Commission’s National Officiating Scholarship program for high performance officiating. Johnstone’s umpiring pathway saw him appointed to five CA Under 19 Male National Championships between 2008/09 and 2015/16.
Prior to the 2017/18 season, Johnstone was elevated to CA’s Development Umpire Panel (now SUP). November that year made his First-Class Umpiring debut in the fixture between CA XI and England in the four-Day Tour Match in Townsville. Johnstone has gone on to stand in six First-Class, 12 List-A and 16 KFC BBL matches. Johnstone’s KFC BBL debut match came in February 2019 when the Perth Scorchers played the Melbourne Stars at Optus Stadium in Perth. In addition to his CA commitments, Johnstone currently has over 200 First Grade matches to his name which places him in the top 10 on the list of First Grade umpires in Western Australia. In this list includes eight WA First-Grade Grand Finals with the first being in 2012/13. Johnstone is also an active member of the Western Australia Cricket Umpires’ Association having served on the committee and providing a valuable resource for cricket umpiring in Western Australia.