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Sheffield Shield Final Match Officials appointments announced

Sheffield Shield Final

Cricket Australia have announced the Match Officials appointments for the 2017/18 Sheffield Shield Final between Queensland and Tasmania in Brisbane.

Cricket Australia (CA) International Panel members Gerard Abood and Sam Nogajski will make their on-field debuts in a Sheffield Shield Final this week, whilst Phil Gillespie has been appointed Third Umpire. Peter Marshall will oversee proceedings as Match Referee, with Gail Cartwright and Peter Gagen appointed as Scorers.

Whilst he was exposed to the Final last season from the Third Umpire chair, Nogajski takes another step in his career with his first on-field appointment to the five-day fixture. The Tasmanian’s season stretches back to last July where he travelled to South Africa for the ‘A’ Series. In October Nogajski was appointed by the ICC to a four-day Intercontinental Cup Match between PNG and Scotland in Port Moresby before making his One-Day International debut on Friday 6 October in an ICC World Cricket League Championship fixture between the same two teams.

In January 2018 Nogajski joined the PCT for the Gillette One-Day International Series between Australia and England, and was on-field at the Gabba and Adelaide Oval. He then turned his attention to the KFC T20 International Series, with appointment on-field at the MCG. Off-field, Nogajski has been Fourth Umpire in four men’s Test Matches, including two in the most recent Ashes Series. Nogajski’s international experience in Women’s Cricket includes four One-Day Internationals, the first of which took place in Brisbane between Australia and Pakistan in August 2014. He has also officiated in 10 Women’s T20 International fixtures. 

Nogajski made his List A debut in December 2010 in the northern Tasmanian town of Burnie before making his First Class debut the following November at the Gabba in the fixture between Queensland and New South Wales. The following season he joined the National Umpire Panel in 2012/13, and will officiate in his 40th First Class fixture this week. Throughout his career, Nogajski has stood in domestic fixtures in India, South Africa and New Zealand.

New South Welshmen Abood will add another umpiring accolade to his already successful 2017/18 season when he takes to AB Field this week. His appointment to the Final complements several achievements this season, including elevation to Cricket Australia (CA) ICC’s International Umpire Panel; appointment to the Women’s Ashes Test match; notching up 50 First Class Matches (achieved whilst on exchange in India); appointment to his first men’s Test Match as Fourth Umpire under DRS conditions and most recently his men’s T20 International on-field debut in February.

Since joining the National Umpire Panel in 2009, Abood has been exposed to international cricket on numerous occasions, including appointment as Reserve Umpire to four men’s Test Matches; 12 One-Day Internationals and five T20 International fixtures. In November 2017, Abood made his Women’s Test debut in the fixture between Australia and England at North Sydney Oval. His Women’s One-Day International debut featured the same nations in February 2008 at the SCG, and has stood in a total of nine Women’s One-Day Internationals, including appointment to the ICC Women’s World Cup in Sydney in 2009. In the shortest format, Abood has stood in 11 T20 INTL women’s matches.

Abood made his List-A debut in a Domestic One-Day Cup fixture in Wangaratta in January 2006 and has stood in a total of 41 List-A Matches to date. In November 2008 he made his First-Class debut in a New Zealand Tour Match at the SCG, and went on to stand in his first Sheffield Shield match at the same venue a week later in the fixture between New South Wales and Queensland. Abood has officiated in 53 First-Class matches, and brought up his half century in India earlier this season where he was appointed to the annual Umpire exchange opportunity between CA and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Abood has also officiated in New Zealand in the Plunkett Shield, and in South Africa as part of the Sunfoil Series.

Gillespie joins the PCT as Third Umpire following a successful 2017/18 season. In February 2013 he made his List-A debut at the MCG in a Tour Match between Victoria and England Lions and in February 2015 Gillespie made his First-Class debut in regional New South Wales. The following season the Victorian joined the National Umpire Panel and currently has 16 First-Class matches to his name. This season Gillespie was appointed to eight on-field (and a further two games in the box) in the KFC BBL|07 Series. This culminated in on-field appointment to the Big Final at Adelaide Oval between the Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes.

Nogajski and Abood have stood together in two limited over Semi Finals this season – the first in the JLT One-Day Cup Semi Final in Hobart and again in the KFC T20 BBL|07 Semi Final held in Perth. Whilst Nogajski was appointed to the JLT One-Day Cup Final, both umpires were unavailable for selection to the KFC BBL|07 Final at Adelaide Oval due to T20 INTL commitments in Sydney.

Tasmania last won the Sheffield Shield in 2012-13, playing out a drawn final against Queensland after finishing on top of the table – while Queensland’s last Shield triumph came in 2011-12, defeating Tasmania in the final. Entry to each day’s play at the 2,500-capacity Allan Border Field will be via gold coin donation. All proceeds will be donated to The Alannah & Madeline Foundation, one of Cricket Australia’s official charity partners. The game is scheduled to commence at 10:00AM daily and will be live streamed on cricket.com.au