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Troy Penman makes his List-A Umpiring debut in Sydney

15 February 2021

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Congratulations to Troy Penman who makes his List-A debut today at North Sydney Oval in the opening fixture of the Marsh One-Day Cup between New South Wales and Victoria.

Penman’s journey began in New South Wales in season 2012/13, where he made his umpiring debut in the 4th Grade. He established himself within the Sydney Premier Cricket ranks and made his First-Grade debut in January 2015 at Mark Taylor Oval. 

The following season, Penman was appointed to his first National Championships, travelling in mid-February to Queensland to stand in the CA Under 15 Male tournament, which included appointment to the final. 

The 2016/17 season was a busy year for Penman from a representative perspective. In the same year he was elevated to the New South Wales State Umpire Panel, he was appointed to the CA Under 17 Male National Championships in Queensland which culminated in being appointed to the Final. In December 2016, Penman was then appointed to the CA Under 19 Male National Championships in Adelaide, a rare ‘double’ of underage tournaments in one season. In between tournaments he also made his debuts in the Toyota Second XI (then ‘Futures League’); WNCL and Rebel WBBL competitions. 

During the ‘off season’ prior to the 2017/18 season, Penman was invited to undertake the CA High Performance Officiating program in Brisbane at the National Cricket Centre. The inaugural program was designed to focus on preparation for officiating at the elite level and welcomed just a dozen umpires selected nationally.

Penman returned to the CA Under 19 Male National Championships in December 2017 and went on to stand in the final at Blundstone Arena. Not long after, he was on a plane to Melbourne to officiate two matches in the Under 19 One-Day International Series between Australia and Pakistan. 

Throughout season 2018/19, Penman continued to strengthen his umpiring credentials. He officiated his third consecutive CA Under 19 National Championships, this edition held in Adelaide, and was duly appointed to his second consecutive final. 

Leading into the 2019/20 season, Penman was elevated to the Cricket Australia Supplementary Umpire Panel. Season highlights included appointment to the annual Prime Ministers XI fixture in Canberra, and two ‘A’ Series’. The first was the women’s ‘A’ Series where Australia hosted India in Brisbane; whilst in the new year the men’s Australia ‘A’ team hosted the England Lions. Just five days after the England Lions game, Penman was appointed to the WNCL Final between New South Wales and Western Australia at North Sydney Oval. 

Penman has stood in 75 Sydney Premier Cricket First-Grade matches, part of his overall total of 124 matches in the Sydney Cricket Association competitions. Today Penman becomes the 44th List-A umpire from New South Wales. 

Off field, Penman’s contribution to umpiring extends to his professional life where he is the Executive Officer of the New South Wales Cricket Umpires and Scorers’ Association, a role he has held since September 2019. 

Penman debuts on-field alongside ICC Elite Panel member Rod Tucker; fellow Supplementary Umpire Panel member Claire Polosak is appointed Third Umpire, and Steve Bernard is Match Referee. Robyn Sanday, who herself celebrates a milestone as she brings up her 250th major representative match today, and Ian Wright, are Scorers.