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Simon Fry named 2017 SportSA Official of the Year

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Congratulations to Cricket Australia (CA) National Umpire Panel member Simon Fry who has been named the South Australian Sport Official of the Year for the second time

Awarded at a Gala Event at Adelaide Oval, the annual South Australian Sport Awards honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to sport in South Australia as individual or team athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers from both metropolitan and regional areas of South Australia. This is the second time Fry has been named Official of the Year, following his previous award in 2013.

Originally beginning his craft in the South Australian Cricket Association Premier Cricket competition, to this date Fry had stood in a total of seven Test Matches across five different countries. He made his debut in October 2015 in Sri Lanka who hosted the West Indies, before a two match Series in Zimbabwe (against Sri Lanka) in October/November 2016. Fry had a change of scenery not long after when he travelled to New Zealand to stand in a match in Hamilton between the Black Caps and Pakistan. He then had an unexpected call up to cover an injured Reiffel, and travelled at short notice to officiate in Chennai in the fifth and final Test between India and England in December 2016. Earlier this year Fry travelled to the United Kingdom and stood in the England versus South Africa Test at Trent Bridge, whilst more recently he was appointed to the Zimbabwe versus West Indies Series in Bulawayo. He has been appointed as Third Umpire on seven further occasions.

In the limited over format, Fry currently has 36 One-Day Internationals (17 further as TV Umpire) to his name, with his most recent appointments in September this year in England. Like his Test commitments, Fry has stood in One-Day Internationals around the world, including the New Zealand; Sri Lanka; United Kingdom (including Ireland and Wales); West Indies and Zimbabwe as well as 19 on home soil. These appointments include three on-field appearances during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. In the shortest format, Fry has stood in 12 T20 Internationals since his debut at Adelaide Oval in October 2010, with a further eight as Third Umpire.

At the close of the 2016/17 cricket season, Fry was announced as the CA Umpire of the Year Award recipient for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time. The annual Award is presented to an ICC Elite Panel or Cricket Australia National Panel Umpire adjudged all-round most outstanding, with consideration not only to an umpire’s on-field performance but also their contribution to elite umpiring in Australia by way of significant achievement or off-field work. Unfortunately Fry was unable to accept his award in person due to his Sheffield Shield appointment at North Sydney Oval played between hosts New South Wales and Victoria.