Cricket Umpires Australia

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Ash Barrow


Oakleigh, Victoria 

Occupation Communications Contractor
One word to describe you Rod Marsh
Favourite sporting team Collingwood Pies
Which cricket club did you play for Endeavour Hills as a junior player and Doveton/Fountain Gate as a senior
First ever job Packing shelves at a supermarket
Who would play you in a movie Bruce Willis
Favourite holiday destination Around the world cruise
Which sporting event in the world would you love to attend  NFL Superbowl
Favourite food A BIG Sunday roast chicken
Which talent do you wish you had X-ray vision
What's the best advice you've received from someone Head down, bum up - work hard
If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be Samuel L Jackson to chat about all his movies and the roles he has played
Madden Brothers as they would be lots for fun at the table and provide the music on the night
Andrew Gaze to find out about his travels and playing Basketball around the world


Why did you choose umpiring? Had done all I could as a player, so the next step was umpiring
Who has had the most influence on your umpiring career? All my State Umpire Directors over the years, also the DDCA for supporting me along the way
Describe your memories from your First Class debut Walking out with Steve Davis and starting the match. Don’t remember much about the first 10 overs. But my first decision was an LBW with David Hussey bowling around the wicket. I also had to give away my tickets to see Dire Straits that night to do the game
Which is your favourite cricket ground to umpire at and why The MCG - it's the biggest and the best
What's the strangest thing you've seen happen on field Second day Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and New South Wales at the WACA. Not a wicket fell in 96 overs and it’s the first time I’ve never had a wicket fall in a day’s play
Also, Victoria District Cricket 1st XI match (North Melbourne versus Carlton). Game stopped for 14 mins as a Committee man and all 11 fielders chased a ground invader Benny Hill style
Greatest cricket moment you've seen on field Being out in the middle for a KFC T20 BBL match with 42,000 at Etihad Stadium
If you could invent a new rule for the game, what would it be Pitching outside leg stump to be removed from the LBW law
Why should people get involved in umpiring?

It's the BEST seat in the house. After playing, you can put something back into the game

What advice would you give to aspiring umpires? Enjoy, listen and learn