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Sam Nogajski brings up 50 BBL Matches

Sam Nogajski

Cricket Australia (CA) National Umpire Panel (NUP) member Sam Nogajski stands in his 50th on-field KFC BBL match.

Nogajski returned to umpiring after a short stint prior to finishing his playing career in time for the 2006/07 season. Appointed to Tasmania’s State Panel, Nogajski was then appointed to the CA Under 17 National Championships and would progress to the CA Under 19 Championships a couple of seasons later. In December 2010, Nogajski made his List-A debut in a one-day domestic fixture between Tasmania and New South Wales in the northern Tasmanian centre of Burnie. The following season in November 2011, Nogajski made his First-Class debut at the Gabba in a Sheffield Shield fixture between Queensland and New South Wales. Nogajski was soon appointed to the 12-member CA National Umpire Panel in 2012/13.

Nogajski has had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand, South Africa, and India to officiate in First-Class matches on exchange. Nogajski’s international experience extended when appointed on ICC assignment to the West Indies; Papua New Guinea; South Africa; Vanuatu and United Arab Emirates. In February 2017, Nogajski made his International T20 debut in the T20 International between Australia and Sri Lanka in Geelong, following up in October 2017, with his One Day International debut in the ICC World Cricket League match between Papua New Guinea and Scotland. In January 2018, Nogajski achieved the highest of level of Australian umpiring appointments standing in two 'home" ODIs in the series between Australia and England.

In his home state, Nogajski has been awarded the Cricket Tasmania Umpire of the Year for an unprecedented ten consecutive years from 2010/11 to 2019/20 inclusive. Earlier this season, Nogajski brought up his 50 First-Class match in the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and Tasmania in Adelaide. Two of those matches being the 2017/18 & 2018/19 Sheffield Shield Finals. Nogajski’s List-A match tally currently stands at 45 including two Domestic One Day Cup Finals and today becomes the 2nd Tasmanian Umpire to reach the 50 BBL match-milestone.