Claire Polosak and Diana Venter will become the first two female on-field umpires to officiate a Men’s Sydney First Grade match on Saturday.
Polosak and Venter have been appointed to the NSW Premier Cricket match between Gordon and Fairfield-Liverpool at Chatswood Oval.
While female umpires have officiated in the top grade of the Sydney Men’s First Grade competition before, Cricket NSW believes this is the first time two female officials will take the field together as an on-field team.
Both women have vast experience umpiring at the elite level and umpired together in the past.
On 27 April last year, Polosak became the first woman to umpire a Men’s One-Day International on-field when appointed to the ICC World Cricket League Division Two Final between hosts Namibia and Oman.
She also became the first on-field female umpire to officiate a Men’s One-Day Domestic match in Australia during October 2017 when appointed to the NSW Blues and Cricket Australia XI fixture at Hurstville Oval.
Polosak was to umpire her second Women’s T20 World Cup semi-final, scheduled for the SCG, at the recently completed showcase event in Australia.
However, rain forced the match between India and England to be abandoned last week.
Venter, who was born in South Africa and learned to umpire in Finland, has also umpired at the International level.
She made her debut at the top level in New Zealand where she umpired for many years. Venter was appointed to the Women’s T20 International between the host nation and Pakistan in Nelson.
It was the first Women’s International to be umpired by an all-female appointed panel of three with Venter one of two on-field umpires with New Zealand’s Kathy Cross.
Kim Cotton, who recently umpired the Women’s T20 World Cup Final before more than 86,000 at the MCG being the first woman to do so, was the third official.
Venter moved from New Zealand to Sydney in April 2018. She became the first woman to umpire a Men’s First Grade match in Melbourne during 2015 when on exchange from the Auckland Cricket Umpires’ and Scorers’ Association.
Saturday is the final round of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition before Finals commence.