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KFC BBL|07 heralds the debut of three Match Officials

Donovan Koch T20 debut

Congratulations to Umpires Simon Lightbody and Donovan Koch and Match Referee Bob Parry who have made their respective debuts in the seventh edition of the KFC Big Bash League.

On Friday 22 December, Simon Lightbody made his debut at the Adelaide Oval in the match between the Adelaide Strikers and visitors Sydney Thunder. Hailing from Canberra, Lightbody began his umpiring career at the end of the 2005/06 season with the ACT Umpires and Scorers Council. In season 2012/13 Lightbody joined the Sydney Grade competition which saw him travel a 566km return journey between Canberra and Sydney each weekend. Throughout his pathway, Lightbody has been involved in several underage international and domestic tournaments, including his first at the Under 17’s in 2008/09, and was then appointed in five further Under 19 tournaments.  

Lightbody joined the Cricket Australia Development Umpire Panel in season 2015/16, and in October 2016 made his List A debut at North Sydney Oval in a One-Day Cup fixture between Victoria and the Cricket Australia XI. In February 2017 Lightbody made his First-Class debut in Hobart in the Sheffield Shield fixture between Tasmania and Western Australia, and was elevated to the National Umpire Panel in season 2017/18. Currently, Lightbody has four First Class and four List A games to his name.

Lightbody was joined by Greg Davidson on-field; whilst Simon Fry (Third Umpire) and Daryl Harper (Match Referee) completed the Playing Control Team.

Whilst the tournament played its first game in Launceston, it was also a first men’s domestic twenty20 fixture for Match Referee Bob Parry. Overseeing proceedings for the Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder fixture on Saturday 30 December, Parry took another step in his coveted Officiating career in the northern Tasmanian town.

Parry’s Umpiring career in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition spanned from the 1994/95 season through until 2011/12. He made his List A debut in November 1997 and stood in a total of 64 fixtures (a further eight as TV Umpire). His First-Class career commenced in December 1998 at the MCG and yielded a total of 83 fixtures, and of his 77 Sheffield Shield matches, four were Finals.

In 2001-02 he 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. 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. 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, Bob stood in 12 T20 fixtures, including eight as part of the previous state based competition, and a further four in the Big Bash League.

Parry oversaw his first List A match from the Match Referee box during the JLT One-Day Cup in Sydney earlier this season, and in November made his First Class Match Referee debut in Hobart in the Sheffield Shield fixture between Tasmania and Queensland. The Playing Control Team alongside Parry was Simon Fry, Greg Davidson and Simon Lightbody.

Finally, Donovan Koch took to the field alongside John Ward at the WACA last night in the fixture between the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers. Koch arrived in Australia with his family in September 2012 and commenced umpiring in the Queensland Premier Cricket competition that season. It took little time for Koch to commence his Cricket Australia pathway with appointment to Toyota Futures League; WNCL and WT20 fixtures as well as the CA Under 17 National Championships in Tasmania in season 2014/15.

In December 2015 Koch officiated at the CA Under 19 National Championships in Adelaide and soon after umpired in the inaugural WBBL. He was elevated to the CA Development Umpire Panel in season 2016/17 and as a DUP member he officiated in two Tour Matches including the Cricket Australia XI versus Pakistan at AB Field and the Governor General’s XI featuring the Australian Women and South African Women in Sydney. Amongst five WBBL fixtures last year, Koch also made his debut in the Third Umpire chair for a BBL fixture at the SCG before concluding another big season with appointment to the Under 19 International Series in Hobart.

Koch’s KFC BBL|07 debut complements his two-other major debuts this season – his First Class debut at the MCG in November in the Sheffield Shield fixture between Victoria and Tasmania and List A debut earlier in the season in Brisbane apart of the JLT One-Day Cup competition.

Koch stood with Ward, and was supported by Shawn Craig (Third Umpire) and Peter Marshall (Match Referee).