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Bob Parry makes First Class Match Referee Debut in Hobart

Bob Parry Match Referee debut

ICC Elite Match Referee Panel member David Boon was on hand to welcome Bob Parry as Australian Cricket’s newest First Class Match Referee in Hobart.

Former decorated international Umpire Bob Parry may have hung up his counter in February 2012 following the Sheffield Shield fixture between Tasmania and Queensland at Bellerive Oval, but this weekend he returns to the same venue featuring the same teams for his inaugural First Class fixture as Match Referee.

Parry’s Umpiring career in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition spanned from the 1994/95 season through until 2011/12. He stood in a total of 181 First XI fixtures, which included nine Finals.

It’s been almost 20 years since Parry’s Umpiring List A debut, where he took to the field in November 1997 in a Mercantile Mutual Cup fixture between Victoria and the ACT in Bendigo. He went on to officiate in 64 List A fixtures – 45 of which were Australian Domestic One-Day Cup games and a further eight as TV Umpire. During this time he was appointed to the Ford Ranger Cup Final in February 2007 between Victoria and Queensland at the MCG.

In December 1998, Parry made his First-Class debut at the MCG in the fixture between Victoria and Queensland alongside fellow Match Referee Daryl Harper. His First-Class career yielded a total of 83 fixtures, and of his 77 Sheffield Shield matches, four were Finals. These Finals were high scoring affairs held across the MCG (Victoria scored 710); Gabba (Queensland scored 900); Hobart (Tasmania 460) and SCG (New South Wales 563).

In 2001-02 Parry joined the National Umpire Panel and in December that year he made his Third Umpire debut in the Test Match between Australia and South Africa at the MCG. Now a rare feat to officiate your own country from the hot seat, he was appointed to a total of seven Test Matches throughout his career. 

Parry went on to make his One-Day International debut on 11 January 2002 at the MCG where Australia hosted New Zealand. In total, he stood in four One-Day Internationals plus a further 31 as TV Umpire. Whilst he stood on-field in three Women’s One-Day Internationals, Parry already has two Women’s ODIs to his name as Match Referee, following his appointment to the Women’s Series between Australia and India in February 2016 in Hobart.

In the shortest format, Parry was appointed to two Twenty20 Internationals. His debut in January 2006 at the Gabba was not only a first for him, but was also the first ever T20 International played on Australian soil. On the domestic scene, Parry stood in 12 T20 fixtures, including eight as part of the previous state based competition, and a further four in the Big Bash League.

Last month during the JLT One-Day Cup, Parry oversaw his first List A match from the Match Referee seat in the fixture between Victoria and the CA XI in Sydney.

Parry’s involvement off-field has been just as instrumental as his on-field career over the years, with Umpires from across Australia and the world having benefited from his knowledge and expertise from his time with Cricket Victoria, the ICC East Asia Pacific and Cricket Australia.

The Match Referee is a member of the Playing Control Team (PCT) with the responsibility to oversee the delivery and effective conduct of an Australian domestic cricket match. This includes, primarily, the accurate and timely assessment of the performance of the umpires officiating the match. The Match Referee is a representative of Cricket Australia and works closely with the Umpires, Players and Team Officials to encourage and uphold the traditions and Spirit of Cricket, and the highest standards of player behaviour. They are responsible for the overall conduct of the game to ensure it is delivered in accordance with the laws and standard playing conditions that are applicable to the competition they are officiating.

Parry will join Mike Graham-Smith and John Ward in the PCT at Blundstone Arena.