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Neil Findlay Wins E F Wykes OAM Association Medal
Date of Event : Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:52PM

Neil Findlay has been recognised at the NSW Umpires and Scorers Annual Dinner, being awarded the E F Wykes OAM Medal.

In 2016-17 Neil officiated at both the New South Wales and Australian Country Cricket Championships, along with the New South Wales Country Colts Carnival at Dubbo and the Bradman Cup Carnival in Newcastle.

Neil joined New South Wales Cricket Umpires’ and Scorers’ Association in 1997 and officiates in the Cricket Illawarra competition, this season Neil was appointed to umpire the Cricket Illawarra First Grade Final for a record 20th time. In all Neil has umpired 355 matches in his local association.

An outstanding contributor to umpire administration and training, Neil is the Zone Umpire Representative for Illawarra and has been a member of the Country Umpire Representative Panel for 17 years. Respected across the State his calm manner, commitment to self-improvement, diligence, and the time and encouragement he provides to others, Neil is a truly deserving winner of this award.

Further, we wish to recognise Neil, who has been a member of the Country Umpire Representative Panel since season 2000-01. Neil has made a decision to stand down from the panel following 17 years of service, a selfless decision aimed at making way for emerging country umpires to be elevated and to experience being on the country panel. Neil is a popular and respected member of the panel. There have been many highlights in Neil’s representative umpiring career, including standing –

  • at three Australian Country Cricket Championships – Lismore in 2005, Albury in 2010, and Wollongong in 2017;
  • in three Women’s National Cricket League matches;
  • in the Final of the Cricket Australia Under 15 Female Championships in 2013;
  • in the Final of the Women’s Australian Country Cricket Championships in 2017;
  • in 20 First Grade Finals in the Cricket Illawarra competition.

Neil has been a dedicated Zone Umpire Representative for the Illawarra since 2005-06.

Neil intends to continue umpiring in 2017-18, and beyond, and he will not be lost to Country Cricket NSW as an umpire, but his decision to retire from the Country Umpire Representative Panel deserves acknowledgement. We thank Neil for his outstanding contribution to this group and wish him the very best with his umpiring in the years to come.


Last updated: Monday April 10, 2017 12:58PM