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Australian Cricket thanks umpire Tony Wilds

24 May 2022

Tony Wilds

Australian Cricket thanks Cricket Australia (CA) National Umpire Panel (NUP) member Tony Wilds for his significant contribution to the game.

Wilds commenced his cricket umpiring journey in Bathurst, country New South Wales and spent several years umpiring in the region. Wilds took a significant step in his development when he was appointed to the New South Wales Country Representative Panel in 2008/09. Wilds then began umpiring in the Sydney Grade competition where his consistent performances were duly recognised with appointment to the State Umpire Panel (STUP). Whilst on New South Wales’ STUP, Wilds officiated in CA competition matches in the Toyota Second XI, WNCL and underage Championships. 

Wilds was appointed by CA to the then Development Umpire Panel (now Supplementary Umpire Panel or SUP) and went on to make his List-A debut when Tasmania played Victoria at Allan Border Field, Brisbane in October 2014. Wilds then made his First-Class debut in February 2015 in the Sheffield Shield fixture between New South Wales and Western Australia in Newcastle. Wilds ended the 2015/16 season by being appointed on-field in the WNCL Final. A KFC Big Bash League on-field debut was to follow for Wilds at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2017 when the Sydney Sixers played the Melbourne Renegades in front of over 30,000 fans. Prior to the 2017/18 season, Wilds was elevated to the CA NUP.

On the International front, Wilds made his Women’s One Day International debut in January 2014 when Australia played England at Blundstone Arena in Hobart and has gone on to stand in seven Women’s One Day Internationals. Wilds also has nine Women’s T20 Internationals to his name since debuting in that same Ashes series of 2013/14. In May 2017, Wilds travelled to Japan to stand in the ICC Women’s Twenty20 East Asia Pacific Qualifying tournament, an appointment that came at short notice.

In his time on the various CA umpiring panels, Wilds stood in a total of 23 First-Class, 16 List-A and 52 KFC BBL matches. Wilds has also officiated on-field in 20 Weber WBBL matches including four Semi-Finals and was the Third Umpire’s for last season’s Final at North Sydney Oval. Wilds brought up his 50th KFC BBL match in January 2022 and in doing so, became just the eleventh umpire to stand in 50 Australian domestic T20 matches.

Wilds contribution to New South Wales Premier Cricket is just as significant, standing in over 170 First Grade games over the last decade including multiple First-Grade Grand Finals. His overall game tally in Sydney Premier Cricket is approaching the 200-game mark, a substantial contribution given his CA commitments over that time. Wilds has shown great commitment to his Premier Cricket umpiring making the regular journey from Bathurst to Sydney to officiate. Wilds was named New South Wales Premier Panel 1 Umpire of the Year twice, going back-to-back in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons. Wilds is also an active member of the New South Wales Cricket Umpires & Scorers’ Association where he is a 15-year member and contributes to the education of umpires in New South Wales.