Cricket NSW Umpire Paul Wilson has been awarded Cricket Australia’s most outstanding umpire for the second successive season.
The CA Umpire Award came on the same day Wilson was appointed to his third Sheffield Shield Final, as an on-field umpire, featuring the NSW Blues against Victoria, at Junction Oval in Melbourne, starting Thursday.
His on-field colleague for the final will be Tasmanian umpire Sam Nogajski. Both men also umpired the final round fixture between the Blues and Tasmania at Blundstone Arena, in Hobart, completed on Saturday. NSW won by 149 runs to book its place in the final.
The final will be the 55th First Class match for Wilson as an umpire after he played 51 matches in that arena, as a fast bowler for South Australia, Western Australia and one Test for Australia in Kolkata, India, during March 1998.
Since his appointment to the International Cricket Council Emerging Panel of Umpires in May 2018, the 47-year-old has umpired matches across Australia, India, New Zealand and the West Indies alongside his Australian domestic cricket commitments.
This has involved five One-Day International Series including two on home soil. These were the Gillette One-Day International Series against South Africa and India.
Wilson also umpired during the Gillette T20 International Series in Australia involving the same two nations before Christmas.
Earlier in the season he was appointed to the JLT One-Day Cup final between Victoria and Tasmania also at the Junction Oval.
Wilson is a hard-working advocate for umpires as a member of the Cricket Australia Umpire Leadership Group.
He was part of the negotiating team who in June successfully agreed the CA-Umpire Memorandum of Understanding 2018-2021.
Cricket Australia Interim Executive General Manager, Team Performance, and NSW Breakers great, Belinda Clark congratulated Wilson for another great season.
“(Paul) regularly promotes umpiring and assists those who look up to him. He voluntarily attends state and community level umpiring events where he is generous with his time and contributions,” Clark said.
Fellow Cricket NSW umpire Gerard Abood has also been appointed as third umpire for the Sheffield Shield Final in Melbourne.
His appointment is on the back of another distinguished season at domestic level, a season in which he made his One-Day International debut as an umpire, at the Adelaide Oval, in November.