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ACT’s Terry Keel set to rewrite the history books

Terry Keel - Record breaking match

Congratulations to Terry Keel who is set to umpire a record breaking 242nd ACT First Grade match tomorrow in Canberra

Keel (above left) made his ACT First-Grade debut in Round 1 of 1991/92 at Stirling Oval in the match between Weston Creek and Western District. He currently has 241 First Grade matches to his name, and when he takes to the field tomorrow in the fixture between Tuggeranong and Queanbeyan at Chisholm Oval, he will break the record of 241 previously held by Geoff Bennett. Andrew Crozier joins Keel in the middle for his milestone match.

Whilst Keel celebrates this milestone in Canberra, he has a further 200 matches to his name in the Sydney Premier Cricket competition, 163 of which in the First Grade. This takes his total to a staggering 405 First Grade matches across the two cities, and asserting himself as one of Australia’s longest standing, and still ongoing, servants to the game. Keel has also been appointed to 19 First Grade Finals (11 two-day and 8 one-day matches).

Keel made his Women’s One-Day International debut on 8 November in the fixture between Australia and India at Manuka Oval, before standing in his second Women’s ODI the following day. At a domestic senior men’s level, Keel has stood in 11 List A fixtures, his first of which was at Manuka Oval in the Mercantile Mutual Cup game between ACT and South Australia in November 1997. Keel was also appointed on-field to two domestic men’s Twenty20 fixtures; three WNCL and two WT20 fixtures.

In 1994/95, Keel officiated the Prime Minister’s XI match against England, whilst today he is Match Referee at the ACT Comets versus Hong Kong Invitational XI played as a curtain raiser to the PM’S XI fixture this evening.

Off-field, Keel has extended his services to cricket in the form of a Match Referee. Since the 2012/13 season, Keel has been appointed to seven WNCL; 12 WT20/WBBL fixtures and seven Futures League matches as Match Referee. He has also been a long-time administrator for match officiating, volunteering his time as ACT Umpire Manager for several years, whilst taking an active role on the ACT Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association Council over the past eight seasons. He is also a member of the NSW Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association and attends their Umpires’ and Scorers’ Convention annually.

Australian Cricket thanks Keel’s long contribution to match officiating and wishes him best of luck in his record breaking game tomorrow in Canberra.

ACT First Grade Umpires as at Friday 2 February:-

  • 241* Terry Keel
  • 241 Geoff Bennett
  • 222 Bill Ruse
  • 192 Derek Gould
  • 187 Kevin McCarty
  • 183 Graeme Clifton
  • 168 Brian Lawrence
  • 149 Andrew Shelley
  • 146 Geoff Connelly
  • 127 Alan Jordan
  • 123 Yohan Ramasundara