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David Taylor makes First-Class Umpiring debut

12 February 2022

Dave Taylor

Cricket Australia (CA) Supplementary Umpire Panel (SUP) member David Taylor has made his First-Class Umpiring debut in the Marsh Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and Victoria at the Adelaide Oval.

Taylor had a distinguished Premier Cricket playing career with the Penrith Cricket Club where he is a life member and former First Grade captain, playing over 200 First Grade matches, scoring over 6,000 runs including five centuries before turning to umpiring prior to the 2010/11 season in the Sydney Premier Grade Competition. Taylor’s umpiring journey has since spanned two states, multiple CA National Championships and several domestic cricket umpiring debuts and milestones along the way. Taylor made his Sydney Premier First-Grade debut in the first match of the 2011/12 season and was later appointed to the NSW State Umpiring Panel. Taylor officiated in the first of his five-consecutive Under 19 Male National Championships, standing in the Final on three occasions in 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2018/19.

Prior to the 2016/17 season, Taylor relocated to the Gold Coast and joined the Queensland Premier Cricket Umpire Panel. Once in Queensland, he continued his umpiring pathway, again being appointed to the State Umpire Panel. Off the field, Taylor participated in the Australian Institute of Sport National Officiating Scholarship program, an important stepping-stone along the CA Umpiring Pathway. The following season, Taylor completed his High-Performance Umpiring Accreditation taking part in the first CA High Performance Officiating program at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Brisbane. Taylor’s continued dedication to Queensland Premier Cricket has seen him appointed to three-consecutive First-Grade Grand Finals in 2017/18, 2018/19 & 2019/20

Prior to the 2020/21 season, Taylor was appointed to Cricket Australia’s Supplementary Umpire Panel. He went on to make his KFC BBL on-field debut in the match between the Melbourne Renegades played the Sydney Thunder, and  his List-A on-field debut in the Marsh One-Day Cup match between Queensland and Western Australia, both fittingly in his home state of Queensland. Last season also saw Taylor appointed to the WNCL Final between Victoria and Queensland at the Junction Oval in Melbourne

Leading into his First-Class debut today, David has one List-A, 12 BBL, 11 WNCL, 14 Toyota Second XI and 37 WBBL matches to his name. Taylor will stand alongside National Umpire Panel member Greg Davidson whilst CA Match Referee Simon Fry will oversee the match.