Few people in Australian cricket are as immersed in the game as Troy Penman. Even less are as committed.

A dedicated 13-year employee at Cricket NSW, who has been the Executive Officer of the NSW Cricket Umpires’ and Scorers’ Association (NSWCUSA) since September 2019, Penman will this week make his BBL Umpiring debut when the Sydney Sixers take on the Brisbane Heat at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.

The Sydneysider will be joined on field by National Panel umpire Bruce Oxenford, with David Taylor the third umpire and Kepler Wessels as match referee.

Penman joined NSWCUSA in 2010 and commenced umpiring in season 2012-13, starting with a fourth grade match at Killara Oval between Gordon and Bankstown. His debut was impressive and the Bankstown captain, Iain Ridley, commented in his report that Penman looked to be a very good umpire capable of progressing through the grades. Iain was correct and progress Troy has.

He made his men’s premier cricket first grade debut in season 2014-15 standing at Mark Taylor Oval in the match between Northern District and Blacktown. He has now umpired 131 men’s SCA matches of which 80 have been in first grade.

Amongst his other many umpiring career highlights so far, Penman has also officiated four Cricket Australia National Championships finals, four U19 ODI’s, five women’s List A matches, including the 2019-20 WNCL final, and during 29 WBBL Matches. He made his men’s List-A debut during the 2020-21 season.

CNSW Head of People Development, Darren Goodger, said Penman was a shining example of someone who had dedicated their professional career and volunteer efforts to cricket.

“This appointment is wonderful recognition for Troy’s attitude, teamwork and consistent performances in recent seasons,” Goodger said.

In addition to his quality umpiring, Troy has been an exemplary employee at CNSW for 13 years, loyal to his team and the wider staff, and dedicated to doing the best he can for the members of NSWCUSA and to improve the Association.

He has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in his professional life with several fine achievements and key initiatives.

Cricket NSW offers our congratulations to Troy and wish him the very best for an enjoyable and successful on field BBL umpiring debut.”

The match will be telecast live on 7, FOXTEL and Kayo on January 4 with a scheduled start time of 7.15pm AEDT.