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Simon Lightbody makes First Class Debut

Simon Lightbody

Congratulations to Simon Lightbody who makes his First Class Umpiring debut this weekend in the Sheffield Shield match between Tasmania and Western Australia at Blundstone Arena.

The progression to First Class Cricket is yet another step in what has already been a successful pathway. Earlier in the season, Lightbody made his List A Debut in the Matador BBQ’s One-Day Cup Match between Victoria and the Cricket Australia XI at North Sydney Oval.

Lightbody began his umpiring career at the end of the 2005/06 season in Canberra making his First Grade debut the following season. In total, Lightbody has stood in 109 First Grade games in the ACT. In season 2011/12, Lightbody started officiating in Sydney whilst continuing to fulfil his ACT Premier Cricket appointments. In 2012/13 Lightbody joined the Sydney Grade Panel full time where he has stood in a total of 70 First Grade Matches, the long journeys between Canberra and Sydney a fine example of his dedication to umpiring.

In 2015/16, Lightbody was appointed to the Cricket Australia Development Umpire Panel and has since stood in several Toyota Futures League and Rebel WBBL fixtures around the country.  Lightbody’s personal development was further strengthened with his involvement in the Australian Sports Commission National Officiating Scholarship program.

Cricket Australia Match Officials Manager Sean Easey said that he wished Lightbody well as he embarked on this next step in his umpiring career.

“Congratulations are offered to Simon who has earned this opportunity through years of hard work and commitment to cricket. He has worked tirelessly, on and off the field, to perform well through the levels of the high performance pathway and to be ready for this debut First Class match” Easey said.

Darren Goodger, Executive Officer of the NSW Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association, was also among the first to offer his congratulations.

“Simon Lightbody becomes the 82nd member of New South Wales Cricket Umpires’ and Scorers’ Association to umpire at first-class level. He has demonstrated wonderful commitment and dedication travelling from Canberra to Sydney each weekend during the cricket season to officiate in NSW Premier Cricket. Simon has been umpiring in the Cricket Australia pathway for nine years.

Simon makes a strong contribution to education and development in New South Wales, regularly facilitating sessions at the Annual Convention in order to share his experience to benefit other umpires. The appointment of Simon Lightbody to make his first-class debut is deserved, a reward for consistent excellence, striving to improve and demonstrated commitment”.

Lightbody will stand alongside Simon Fry and Match Referee David Talalla.