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Simon Lightbody returns to the Cricket Australia National Umpire Panel

30 May 2022

Simon Lightbody

Cricket Australia (CA) have announced that Umpire Simon Lightbody has been elevated from the CA Supplementary Umpire Panel (SUP) to the National Umpire Panel (NUP) for season 2022/23.

Lightbody was previously been on CA’s NUP spanning the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons. Lightbody has served on the SUP for the last three seasons. Lightbody’s umpiring journey along the pathway began in Canberra in 2005/06, making his ACT Premier Cricket First-Grade debut the following season. In season 2011/12 Lightbody started officiating in the New South Wales Premier Cricket competition in Sydney, impressively continuing to fulfil his ACT Premier appointments before joining the Sydney Premier Panel full time in 2012/13.

Throughout his pathway journey, Lightbody was appointed to several CA Underage National Championships. He was appointed to the CA Under 17 Male National Championships in 2008/09, then appointed in five further CA Under 19 tournaments. In 2012, he officiated in five Under 19 International One-Day matches featuring Australia, England, New Zealand and India in Townsville. He was later appointed to an Under 19 International fixture in April 2015, this time between Australia and England at the WACA in a rare four-day fixture played under Test conditions.

In 2015/16, Lightbody was appointed to CA’s inaugural Development Umpire Panel (now SUP) and in that time officiated in Toyota Second XI, WBBL and WNCL fixtures around the country. In 2016, Lightbody participated and completed the Australian Sports Commission National Officiating Scholarship program. In season 2016/17 Lightbody made his List-A debut in a Domestic One-Day Cup match between the Cricket Australia XI and Victoria at North Sydney Oval. Then in February 2017, Lightbody made his First-Class debut in Hobart in the Sheffield Shield match between Tasmania and Western Australia at Blundstone Arena in Hobart. In December 2017, Lightbody made his KFC BBL on-field debut when the Adelaide Strikers played host to the Sydney Thunder at the Adelaide Oval.

To date, Lightbody has stood in 15 First-Class, 11 List-A and 28 KFC BBL matches. And last season, Lightbody completed the impressive double of being appointed on-field in both the Women’s professional competitions, the WNCL and Weber WBBL. Lightbody is the first umpire hailing from Canberra to be appointed to the National Umpire Panel in its current form.