New South Wales will be represented by eight of the 18 contracted Cricket Australia umpires on the two national panels next season.
Among them Cricket NSW Umpire Troy Penman has been elevated to the Supplementary Umpire Panel for the first time.
Four New South Wales umpires retained their contracts on the 12-member National Umpire Panel; Gerard Abood, Greg Davidson, Tony Wilds and former Australian fast bowler Paul Wilson.
Penman joined International umpire Claire Polosak, Ben Treloar and Simon Lightbody on the six-member Supplementary Panel.
Head of Cricket Operations at Cricket Australia, Peter Roach, congratulated Penman and praised his performances.
“(Troy) has performed consistently at Cricket Australia Under 19 Male National Championships, including officiating the final for the past two seasons,” Roach said.
“Alongside his New South Wales Premier Cricket commitments, Troy has also performed strongly in Rebel WBBL and Toyota Futures League opportunities.”
Since making his NSW Premier Cricket debut in the 2012/13 season, 32-year-old Penman has continued to develop.
He has umpired 54 First Grade matches, 11 Toyota Futures League and 13 Rebel Women’s Big Bash League on-field fixtures, as well as a further eight as the fourth umpire in the KFC Men’s BBL.
On hearing the news, Penman was very excited.
“The first person I called was my wife. She has been my biggest support,” he said.
He also thanked his parents, and mentor to many umpires throughout the state, Cricket NSW State Umpire Manager, Darren Goodger.
“My parents have helped shape the person I am.
“In terms of on-field umpiring, Darren Goodger has probably been the most influential … guiding me through certain situations like dealing with captains, communication with them.”
A number of NSW umpires appointed to the respective panels excelled internationally in the last 12 months.
Polosak recently created history when she became the first female umpire to officiate on-field in a Men’s One-Day International during the ICC Men’s World Cricket League Division Two Final between Oman and host nation Namibia.
She is the only female on either the National or Supplementary Panel.
Abood also made his One-Day International on-field debut at Adelaide Oval during November in the second match of the three-game series between Australia and South Africa.
Wilson joins fellow NSW official, and ICC Elite Panel Umpire, Rod Tucker on a 16-member panel for the World Cup starting in late May.
It will be the first World Cup for Wilson, who is the only National Panel umpire to be selected among the five Australian officials appointed.
“We wish Paul, along with our other Australian representatives Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker and David Boon the best of luck for the tournament in the United Kingdom,” said Roach.
Boon will serve as a match referee during the tournament.
Penman said the depth of NSW umpiring reflected the team approach adopted by umpires across the state.
“The guys on the National Panel, Greg Davidson, Gerard Abood, Tony Wilds, they’re coming to monthly meetings, giving back at conventions and dinners they’re attending, just to spread their experience and that helps everyone’s umpiring really.
“It’s testament to Darren’s role and how supportive the Association is of our umpiring, we’re very grateful to the Association for supporting us in the first place, providing the opportunities to officiate.”
Goodger believed the strong representation of NSW umpires on both panels says a lot about the strength of the eight individual umpires.
“Their humility, commitment to getting better, and their dedication and hard work … that’s what has got them to where they are.”
Goodger also congratulated Queensland umpire Donovan Koch who was elevated to the National Umpire Panel.
"He’s a very good umpire and has been knocking on the door for a long time. We offer our congratulations to Donovan."
2019-20 National Umpire Panel:
Gerard Abood (New South Wales)
Shawn Craig (Victoria)
Greg Davidson (New South Wales)
Simon Fry (South Australia)
Phil Gillespie (Victoria)
Mike Graham-Smith (Tasmania)
Geoff Joshua (Victoria)
Donovan Koch (Queensland)
Sam Nogajski (Tasmania)
John Ward (Victoria)
Tony Wilds (New South Wales)
Paul Wilson (New South Wales)
2019-20 Supplementary Umpire Panel:
Darren Close (Tasmania)
Nathan Johnstone (Western Australia)
Simon Lightbody (New South Wales)
Troy Penman (New South Wales)
Claire Polosak (New South Wales)
Ben Treloar (New South Wales)