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Close and Taylor appointed to CA Under 19 National Championships Final

Darren Close and David Taylor

Congratulations to Tasmania’s Darren Close and Queensland’s David Taylor who have been appointed to the CA Under 19 National Championship Grand Final today between ACT/NSW Country and Western Australia.

The first ever Tasmanian State Umpire Panel (SUP) member from outside of Hobart, Close made his First Class debut in season 1986/87 at the age of just 18. He officiated in 20 First Class fixtures (including 17 Sheffield Shield fixtures) before relocating to England for work. Upon returning to Australian shores last season, Close joined the Tasmanian SUP and was selected for the CA Under 17 Championships in Brisbane.

After spending the past two weeks in Adelaide at his first CA Under 19 Championships, Close has had a late call up to officiate in a Rebel WBBL fixture this weekend in Melbourne, which will see him at home for less than 24 hours before travelling again for this appointment.

Taylor crafted his umpiring in the Sydney Grade Cricket competition having stood in 78 First Grade fixtures before relocating to the Gold Coast earlier this year and joining the Queensland State Umpire Panel. An Australian Sports Commission National Officiating Scholarship (NOS) recipient this season, Taylor returns to the crease for the Grand Final for the second consecutive year. He started his pathway in the CA Championships in 2013/14 where he was appointed to the CA Under 17 Championships, and has stood in the Under 19’s for the past three seasons. Taylor starts his Rebel WBBL campaign on Boxing Day at AB Field.

The Final will be held at Gliderol Stadium (Glenelg) from 10:00AM (local time) and live streamed on cricket.com.au. Four other games will be played around Adelaide to close the Championships today, with appointments as follows:-

Grand Final

 ACT/NSW Country v Western Australia | Gliderol Stadium | Darren Close / David Taylor

Play-off for 3rd & 4th

 New South Wales Metro v Victoria Country | Woodville Oval | Steve Brne / Troy Penman

Plate Matches

 South Australia v CAXI | Adelaide University| Dale Ireland / David Shepard

 Victoria Metro v Northern Territory | Prospect Oval | Daryl Brigham / Trent Steenholdt

 Tasmania v Queensland | Parkinson Oval | Murray Branch / James Hewitt