Female umpires Polosak and Sheridan to interrupt new floor in Sheffield Shield

Claire Polosak and Eloise Sheridan will break new floor in Australian cricket with the pair set to grow to be the primary feminine umpires to officiate within the Sheffield Shield after being appointed to face in two video games in November.

Both umpires have stood in males’s Marsh Cup fixtures and males’s BBL matches in Australia however no feminine umpire has beforehand stood on-field for a Shield match. This follows England’s Sue Redfern changing into the primary feminine umpire to face in an LV= Insurance County Championship match between Glamorgan and Derbyshire in Cardiff in September.

Polosak will accomplice Sam Nogajski on the WACA Ground when Western Australia tackle South Australia on November 15, whereas Sheridan will umpire Victoria’s match in opposition to Queensland on the MCG alongside Gerard Abood from November 16.

Polosak was the primary lady to officiate in a males’s ODI in 2019 and has additionally stood in 12 males’s T20Is nevertheless all have been matches between affiliate nations. She was the primary feminine umpire to officiate in a males’s Test match because the fourth umpire within the third Test of India’s tour of Australia in January 2021.

“I am very much looking forward to standing in the Sheffield Shield match at the WACA Ground,” Polosak stated.

“Just like players, umpires are always working towards opportunities at higher honours, and this is undoubtedly another step forward on the pathway for umpires. Thank you to Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW and the NSW Cricket Umpires’ and Scorers’ Association for their support.

“I’d particularly like to increase my appreciation to the numerous umpiring colleagues that I’ve had the pleasure to face with. I’ve realized from each single one among them and this appointment is standing on their shoulders.”

Sheridan made her women’s Test debut in the 2022 Ashes and umpired in the Women’s ODI World Cup in 2022 and the Women’s T20 World Cup in 2023.

“I’m excited to be making my males’s first-class debut and honoured to be doing so in the identical spherical as Claire,” Sheridan stated.

“This is a major second for umpiring in Australia, and hopefully we will proceed to interrupt down obstacles for many who come after us. It additionally supplies an ideal alternative for others to recognise the vital position that umpires play within the sport and it would encourage just a few budding umpires to hitch the staff.

“I am proud that my hard work has resulted in this opportunity and excited to see what the future holds in my umpiring career. I am really grateful to the support from Cricket Australia and SACA along the way, as well as my family and friends.”

Cricket Australia’s Umpiring Chairman of Selectors Damien Mealey was effusive in his reward of the pair.

“It is a testament to the strong CA umpire pathway that both Claire and Eloise have progressed through our elite domestic competitions before officiating in international women’s T20, ODI and Test matches,” Mealey stated.

“More recently, both attended the Commonwealth Games and represented their states and Australia proudly with exemplary performances.

“As pioneers in ladies’s officiating, they’ve set and maintained a excessive commonplace and completely deserve this accolade of changing into Australian cricket’s subsequent first-class umpires.”

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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