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David Shepard makes First Class umpiring debut in Adelaide

David Shepard - First Class debut

Congratulations to Victorian David Shepard who makes his First-Class debut in the Tour Match between the Cricket Australia XI and England at the Adelaide Oval.

Shepard started his cricket career in the 1994/95 season for Victorian club Hawthorn Waverly and over 13 seasons amassed 193 Premier First games which yielded 313 wickets at an average of 23.25. In October 1998 he made his First-Class debut for Victoria in the fixture against Tasmania at the MCG, and immediately following this four-day fixture he played the first of six List A games. With the combination of his Premier and State appearances, Shepard was inducted into the illustrious Cricket Victoria ‘200 Club’, which recognises individuals who have played/umpired or scored a combined total of 200 First Class, List A or Victorian Cricket Association First XI matches.

In season 2011/12, Shepard hung up his boots to transition to umpiring and earlier this season he notched up his 50th First Grade umpiring appearance.

Shepard started his Cricket Australia pathway in the 2013/14 season when he attended the Cricket Australia National Under 17 Championships. For the next three consecutive seasons he attended the CA Under 19 Championships. In 2014/15 Shepard joined the CA Project Panel and was elevated to the Development Umpire Panel the following year. Shepard’s personal development was further strengthen in 2015 with his involvement in the Australian Sports Commission National Officiating Scholarship program.

The fixture in Adelaide is Shepard’s second men’s Tour Match, having officiated a two-day fixture in Geelong between Victoria and the West Indies in December 2015. In November 2016 Shepard was Fourth Umpire during the Women’s Australia versus South Africa Series in Coffs Harbour, and only a couple of weeks ago returned to the seaside town this time as part of the Women’s Ashes One-Day International component.

In January earlier this year, Shepard was Third Umpire in a BBL fixture between the Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat at the MCG, whilst he closed off his 2016/17 season in Hobart where he was appointed to the Under 19 International Series between Australia and Sri Lanka. Throughout this CA journey David has officiated in three Futures League; seven WNCL and 15 Women’s Twenty20 fixtures.

Shepard debuts alongside Simon Fry and Match Referee Simon Taufel. Former ICC Elite Panel member Steve Davis was on hand to present his award and recognise this important milestone.

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David Shepard - Debut