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Eloise Sheridan elevated to CA Supplementary Umpire Panel

Eloise Sheridan

South Australian Umpire Eloise Sheridan has been elevated to Cricket Australia’s (CA) Supplementary Umpire Panel (SUP) for the 2021/22 season.

Sheridan is a former player with the Sturt and Kensington Premier Cricket Clubs and has been on the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier Umpiring Panel since the 2015/16 season. Her playing career spanned eight seasons as a wicket keeper/batter for her respective clubs. She scored two second grade centuries complimenting her role as an accomplished wicket keeper. In her first two seasons on the SACA Premier Umpiring Panel, she combined umpiring with playing before finishing her playing days in 2016/17.

The 2017/18 season was a breakout year for Sheridan. At a national level, she was appointed to both the Cricket Australia Under 15 and Under 18 Female National Championships in Adelaide and Canberra respectively. She also made history by becoming the first female to umpire a SACA first-grade Premier men’s match. Her strong performances across the season led to her appointment to the SACA men’s T20 Final at Adelaide Oval. At the close of the season, she was presented with the Max O’Connell Award for umpire of the season in SACA’s Premier Second Grade.

The following season saw Sheridan appointed to the SACA State and Territory Umpire Panel (STUP) for the first time. This elevation saw appointment to rebel WBBL and WNCL matches. At National Championships level, she officiated in the CA Under 17 Male National Championships in Queensland before standing in the final of the inaugural National Premier Cricket T20 competition (NPT20) in Adelaide. Sheridan rounded out the 2018/19 season with another history making achievement when she was appointed to the SACA Premier First Grade Final.

In May 2019, Sheridan was appointed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on to the International Panel of ICC Development Umpires. In August the same year, Sheridan travelled to Scotland to officiate in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifying tournament. There she stood with fellow Australian Claire Polosak in the Semi Final between Papua New Guinea and Thailand, the latter famously winning through to the main tournament held in Australia in 2020.

Sheridan made more significant steps on the Australian domestic front when she was appointed to the CA Under 19 Male National Championships in Perth. Sheridan also stood in the first of her three Toyota Second XI matches whilst continuing to stand in the rebel WBBL and WNCL competitions. Her wonderful season was recognised by the SACA when she was named as the SACA Grade Cricket Umpire of the Year for 2019/20 season. In the most recent season, Sheridan was appointed to the rebel WBBL|06 tournament. Held entirely in Sydney in a biosecure hub, she was appointed to the second six-week block of games. Capping off an excellent tournament, Sheridan was appointed to the final between the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder alongside Polosak.

In early January 2021, Sheridan took two major opportunities with little notice – appointment to KFC BBL|10 as 3rd Umpire. Initially appointed as 4th Umpire across games at her home ground Adelaide Oval, with ongoing (and retrospective) border closures hampering umpire movements nationally during the period, she was required to twice step into the 3rd Umpire hot seat as fellow umpires were required to urgently self-isolate. Once again, she ended the SACA Premier season on a high standing in her second First Grade Grand Final.

Sheridan joins fellow Supplementary Umpire Panel members Nathan Johnstone, Simon Lightbody, Troy Penman, Claire Polosak, David Taylor and Ben Treloar on the expanded panel of seven umpires.