Cricket NSW and the NSW Cricket Umpires' and Scorers' Association are saddened to advise of the passing of former first-class umpire and NSWCUSA member Denis Graham, aged 81.
Mr. Graham joined the Association in November 1980, commencing his umpiring that season, becoming a Full Member at the 1981 Annual General Meeting.
In an eleven-season career umpiring in Sydney Cricket Association competitions, Denis officiated in 112 First Grade matches – though he officiated in all grades, reaching a total of 162 matches.
Denis made his first-class debut in the 1990-91 season, umpiring the season opening Sheffield Shield fixture between New South Wales and Tasmania at the SCG which took place from 2-5 November.
Later in the season, he officiated his second Sheffield Shield match as New South Wales hosted South Australia at the SCG, beginning on 19 January.
In both matches, his partner was fellow member, now Association Life Member, Ian Thomas.
In addition to his two first-class matches, Mr. Graham oversaw three matches with List A status.
His List A debut came in 1987-88 McDonald’s Cup – as the national one-day tournament was then known – as New South Wales hosted Tasmania at the SCG on 6 March.
The following season, Denis again umpired New South Wales and Tasmania at the SCG in their FAI Cup match on 26 February.
He experienced international cricket in 1990-91 when he officiated a one-day tour match between New South Wales and the visiting New Zealanders in Wollongong.
In addition to club cricket and professional cricket, he also umpired in other representative competitions including at Second XI level and NSW Country representative tournaments – including the Final of the 1989-90 Tooheys Limited-Overs Country Cup.
The condolences and sympathies of Cricket NSW and the Association are with the family and friends of Mr. Graham.
A memorial service for Mr. Graham will be held at St. Bridget’s Church, cnr. Marrickville and Livingstone Road, Marrickville, on Wednesday January 6 at 2pm.