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Umpire Eloise Sheridan appointed to the ICC Development Panel

05-150519 Eloise Sheridan

South Australian Eloise Sheridan has been appointed to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Development Umpire Panel.

Former First-Grade cricketer, Eloise Sheridan, took up umpiring to remain involved in the game and this year became the first female umpire appointed to the South Australian State Umpire Panel. Sheridan was appointed to both the Cricket Australia (CA) Under 18 and CA Under 15 Female National Championships in 2017-18 and travelled to Queensland in September 2018 to officiate in the CA Under 17 Male National Championships. 

Sheridan made history in October 2017 by becoming the first female to umpire a SACA First-Grade Premier men’s match. Her strong performances across the season led to her appointment to the SACA Premier men’s T20 final at Adelaide Oval.

Sheridan made her Rebel WBBL on-field debut in the match between the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars at Karen Rolton Oval earlier this season. Two days later, Sheridan was on-field again, this time with CA Supplementary Umpire Panel member Claire Polosak when the Strikers met the Stars at the Adelaide Oval. The match was significant as this was the first time two female umpires had stood on-field for a CA professional fixture. 

More recently, Sheridan made her WNCL on-field debut in the match between South Australia and New South Wales at Karen Rolton Oval. In March she was appointed to the inaugural National Premier T20 Championships in Adelaide, of which she stood in the final. Sheridan rounded out 2018-19 with appointment to her first SACA men’s Premier A-Grade final

Sheridan joins fellow Australian Polosak, as well as Lauren Agenbag, Kim Cotton, Shivani Mishra, Sue Redfern, Mary Waldron and Jacqueline Williams, on the panel. The ICC made the official announcement from headquarters in Dubai overnight, and acknowledged Sheridan’s appointment as an important step forward in their commitment to encouraging women officials. 

The news from the international stage comes on the back of a record number of female umpires appointed to CA State and Territory Umpire Panels in season 2018/19. Alongside Polosak and Sheridan, Ashlee Gibbons and Deanne Young were appointed to the Western Australian and ACT Panels respectively. Female officiating was also well represented across the five CA National Championships in season 2018/19, with 13 of the available 48 positions filled by women. There are also positive signs from a development perspective as nationally there are currently 314 accredited female umpires.