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Darren Close joins the Cricket Australia Development Umpire Panel

Darren Close

Tasmanian umpire Darren Close has been elevated to the Cricket Australia Development Umpire Panel.

Close adds a significant amount of experience to the Development Panel having already umpired 20 First-Class matches which includes 17 at Sheffield Shield level. The Tasmanian remarkably debuted as an 18-year old in the Sheffield Shield match between Tasmania and Victoria during the 1986/87 season. Between 1987 and 1992, Close also officiated tour matches involving New Zealand, West Indies and Pakistan. Close also has two List A matches to his name including the 1986/87 One-Day Domestic Cup Final between Tasmania and South Australia.

Close’s umpiring journey was interrupted when he relocated to the United Kingdom for work before returning to Australian umpiring two seasons ago. Close quickly reacquainted himself with the umpiring pathway when he was appointed to the 2015/16 Under 17 National Championships. As a member of the Tasmanian State Umpire Panel, Close stood in several representative matches that season. Last season, his workload increased significantly officiating in the Rebel WBBL, WNCL and Toyota Futures League at various times.

Close was also selected to officiate in the Under 19 Male National Championships in Adelaide where he was appointed to the Final. The 2016/17 season was capped off with Close being appointed to the Under 19 International Series between Australia and Sri Lanka.

Close joins West Australian Nathan Johnstone and New South Welshman Ben Treloar as newly appointed Development Panel members.