Shawn Craig makes second debut at Adelaide Oval
October 31, 2014
After making his First Class debut at Adelaide Oval in season 1996/97, Shawn Craig today returned to the Oval and made his second debut, this time as an umpire.
In a series of coincidences, Craig debuted into a team featuring now West End Redbacks coach Darren Berry, whilst his second innings came to a close at the hands of former South Australian quick, now umpiring colleague, Paul Wilson. Fast forward to the return fixture where Victoria hosted South Australia, and the coincidences continued with then umpire Bob Stratford acting in the role of Match Referee at today's game.
As a player, Craig's career spanned 20 First Class and 20 List A games, and a further 217 First Grade games for St Kilda.
Having been a Cricket Australia Project Panel Umpire over the last couple of seasons, Craig was elevated to the National Umpire Panel this season. After a couple of false starts during the Matador One-Day Cup, including a ground change and then a wash out, Craig eventually made his List A debut on Sunday 19 October at Blacktown International Sports Park.
At a local level, Craig has officiated in 61 matches for Cricket Victoria, including 45 Premier First XI fixtures. His long term service to the sport also qualifies him for Cricket Victoria’s prestigious ‘200 club’, which rewards individuals for achieving 200 First XI games (or higher) either as an umpire, scorer and/or player.
Craig was presented his debut certificate and Sheffield Shield shirt by SACA Board Member Andrew Sincock and debuted alongside Geoff Joshua.