Cricket Umpires Australia


Simon Fry brings up 100 First-Class matches in the middle

06 March 2020

03-060320 Simon Fry 100 First-Class games

Congratulations to Simon Fry who today stands in his 100th First-Class match at Blundstone Arena between Tasmania and New South Wales

Today Fry joins a very select group as he becomes just the 12th Australian umpire to officiate in 100 First-Class matches. 

Fry made his First-Class debut in January 2002 in the fixture between South Australia and New South Wales at his home ground, the Adelaide Oval. Of his preceding 99 matches, 75 have been Sheffield Shield fixtures, seven of which were Sheffield Shield Finals, with appointments stretching from season 2009/10 to 2016/17. During his First-Class career, Fry has umpired in seven different countries, including Sri Lanka, England, Zimbabwe, India, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada.  

In October 2015, Fry took his most significant step in his umpiring pathway when he stood in his first Test Match. Standing alongside countryman Rod Tucker, Fry oversaw proceedings as hosts Sri Lanka played the West Indies in Colombo. Fry has been appointed to six further Test Matches across Zimbabwe; New Zealand; India and England. He has officiated a further seven times as Third Umpire and eight times as Fourth Umpire in Test Matches. 

In addition to Fry’s seven Test Matches and 75 Sheffield Shield fixtures, he has stood in a further 12 First-Class Tour Matches, and five matches across overseas First-Class competitions including the Ranji Trophy (India); Sunfoil Series (South Africa) and Plunkett Shield (New Zealand). Fry has also been appointed as Third Umpire on nine occasions in First-Class matches. 

Whilst Fry’s significant achievements with red ball cricket were acknowledged today, Fry also has a wealth of experience in limited over cricket. He made his One-Day International debut in January 2011 and currently has 49 matches to his name. Fry has been appointed to a further 20 games as Third Umpire, and 26 as Fourth Umpire. In 2015 Fry was appointed by the ICC to the ICC Cricket World Cup, held across Australia and New Zealand. There he stood in three games on-field. 

In the shortest format, Fry has stood in 19 men’s and 4 women’s T20 Internationals. The latter appointments included standing in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in India. At a domestic level, Fry has stood in 74 T20 Domestic games, which included three Finals and a stint at the Indian Premier League (IPL). 

Over a four-year period, Fry was named the CA Umpire of the Year. Awarded annually, the CA Umpire of the Year Award is presented to an ICC Elite Panel or Cricket Australia National Panel Umpire adjudged all-round most outstanding, with consideration not only to an umpire’s on-field performance but also their contribution to elite umpiring in Australia by way of significant achievement or off-field work. Fry was selected by the CA Chair and CEO for this award between 2013/14 to 2016/17. 

Fry started his career in Adelaide in the SACA Premier Cricket competition in season 1998/99 and continues to give back to the South Australian officiating community by assisting in the development of local umpires through sharing his experience and knowledge.

Fry was acknowledged by Australian Test Captain, Tim Paine, at Blundstone Arena this morning ahead of play.