Cricket Umpires Australia


Australian Cricket Thanks Match Referees

11 September 2020

Daryl Harper

Australian Cricket thanks and recognises the contribution made by CA National Match Referees.

Cricket Australia National Match Referees Daryl Harper, Peter Marshall and David Talalla have all overseen professional cricket matches in Australia for the last decade. All three have served the game with distinction in their officiating capacity.

As an umpire, Harper stood in a record 95 Test Matches, the most by any Australian umpire. Since retiring from on-field duties in 2011, Harper has overseen cricket in Australia as a National Match Referee. Harper’s first Sheffield Shield match was at his home Adelaide Oval when South Australia played Victoria in February 2012. In total, Harper fulfilled the match referee duties on 45 occasions which included the 2018/19 Sheffield Shield Final between Victoria and New South Wales. At List-A level, Harper officiated in 39 matches including the 2019/20 Marsh One Day Cup Final between Queensland and Western Australia. Harper also officiated in 62 KFC BBL matches which included the Final of BBL|09 last season. Harper’s cricket officiating career has spanned over 30 years covering the global game and is a remarkable achievement.

Peter Marshall’s refereeing career began in a different sport as a renowned International Rugby Referee. Marshall officiated in 30 Rugby Test Matches which included the 1999 World Cup in the UK. Marshall crossed to cricket for the 2009/10 season where he officiated the first of his 71 First-Class matches. Marshall oversaw three Sheffield Shield Finals in 2011/12, 2014/15 and 2017/18. In One-Day Domestic Cricket, Marshall officiated in 64 matches including five Finals. In the shortest format, Marshall was appointed Match Referee to 76 KFC Big Bash matches which included two Finals. At the international level, Marshall officiated in one Women’s Test Match, two Women’s One Day Internationals and three Women’s T20 Internationals. Marshall’s cricket refereeing career spanned more than a decade and his contribution to the game is highly commended.

David Talalla’s Australian match refereeing career began in 2013/14 with his List-A refereeing debut in the Domestic One-Day Cup match between South Australia and Victoria at Bankstown Oval. Talalla’s first Sheffield Shield match came a month later when Victoria met New South Wales at the MCG. Talalla went on to officiate in 45 First-Class, 30 List-A and 46 KFC BBL matches in eight seasons. In addition to his List-A refereeing statistics, Talalla played seven List-A matches for Malaysia in the 1990’s putting him in the rare company of those who have played international cricket and been a referee.

Cricket Australia thanks Daryl, Peter and David for their contribution to officiating and the game.