Cricket NSW has congratulated Mid North Coast umpire Paul Dilley and Albury cricket identity Harry “Joe” Wooding following their recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Sergeant Dilley, who has been honoured with an Australian Police Medal after 34 years in the Police Force, is a highly credentialed umpire and administrator based in Port Macquarie.
He has umpired Premier Cricket matches in Sydney while a member of the Country Umpire Representative Panel and stood in the first Plan B Regional Bash Finals Day held at the SCG two seasons ago.
Dilly is currently treasurer and secretary of the Mid North Coast Umpires and Scorers Association, Umpires representative for the North Coast Zone to the NSW Umpires and Scorers Association and North Coast’s representative on the Cricket NSW Country Committee.
In a remarkable journey through cricket Wooding played in the Albury and Border Cricket Association, now Cricket Albury Wodonga, from 1953 to 1983 and umpired from 1983 to 2005.
Curator of the Albury Sportsground for 12 years, he was vice-president of the Association for 12 years , Zone vice president for five years and a selector for 20 years.
Wooding was also a member of the New South Wales Umpires and Scorers Association for 25 years, a long-serving Committee Member of the Murray Cricket Umpires and Technical Training Officer for 20 years.
He wrote '150 not out; A history of cricket in Albury-Wodonga 1858-2007’.
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones congratulated Dilley and Wooding for the recognition they had received and thanked them for their contribution to cricket.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of cricket and we are delighted to see that they continue to be recognised for their great service to the game,” Mr Jones said.
“Paul is a respected member of the Mid North Coast cricket community and “Joe” Wooding has served the game for a lifetime in a remarkable number of roles.
“They are among many thousands of volunteers who have helped to ensure that there are more people participating in cricket throughout NSW than any other state and we salute them for their service.”