Cricket Umpires Australia
Umpire Paul Wilson brings up half century in the middle
Congratulations to Paul “Blocker” Wilson who stands in his 50th First-Class match as an Umpire today at the WACA
Former Australian player and Cricket Australia National Umpire Panel member Wilson returns to the WACA for his milestone match today between Western Australia and Tasmania after having made his First-Class debut at the same venue on 27 November 2009. Standing with ICC Elite Panel Umpire Bruce Oxenford, his debut was a star-studded affair with several current and/or now retired international Test players featuring in the game. In fact, all but two players for New South Wales now have Baggy Greens to their names, whilst the Warriors line up boasted Shaun and Mitchell Marsh; Adam Voges and Luke Ronchi.
In total, Wilson has officiated in 37 Sheffield Shield matches. This included appointment to the Sheffield Shield Final in Adelaide between South Australia and Victoria in March 2016; whilst he went ‘back to back’ last season, officiating the same teams again in the Final in Alice Springs. Wilson’s First-Class career has taken him overseas too as part of the annual Umpire Exchange initiative. He officiated in two of South Africa’s Sunfoil Series fixtures in Cape Town and Johannesburg; whilst in late 2014 Wilson was also appointed to two Ranji Trophy fixtures Bangalore and Delhi.
Held during the Australian cricket ‘off’ season in 2014, Wilson was appointed to two Australia ‘A’ matches in Townsville, and a following two fixtures as part of the 2016 Series featuring South Africa ‘A’ and India ‘A’ at Allan Border Field in Brisbane. To round out his 49 First-Class fixtures, Wilson has been appointed to four Tour Matches featuring visiting teams England and New Zealand.
With statistics so integral to our game, in his 49 First-Class fixtures he has stood at the WACA eight times and the Adelaide Oval; MCG and Bellerive six times whilst he’s even managed a Shield game in his newest home town of Newcastle. He’s officiated Western Australia 16 times whilst he’s stood in proceedings of South Australia and New South Wales matches 15 times. Meanwhile, colleague Geoff Joshua has been the most common figure at the other end, having partnered with him eight times.
Wilson’s achievement as an umpire is complemented with an illustrious playing career which yielded 51 First Class matches. This included 45 Sheffield Shield games; five Tour Matches, and his Test Match appearance in Calcutta in March 1998. Fittingly, his last First Class game as a player was also at the WACA with former Test Umpire Ric Evans appointed as Match Referee. Evans also returned to the WACA today and was on hand to present Wilson with his milestone certificate.
Gerard Abood joins Wilson on-field, whilst Steve Bernard has been appointed as Match Referee.