Umpiring and Scoring
State Umpire Panel
Queensland Cricket is pleased to list the State Umpiring Panel for the 2020-2021 season which remains unchanged; David Taylor, Stephen Dionysius, Steven Farrell and Nathan James.
To be appointed to this group is a significant achievement for each, as they have shown their commitment to umpire at a high level and continue to learn the craft of umpiring with a strong focus on continual improvement. This group of individuals will umpire in the Brisbane Premier Bulls Masters Competition and officiate in representative games when appointed by Cricket Australia that include the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL), 2nd Eleven matches and fourth umpiring roles for the Big Bash League (BBL). This group are all members of the Queensland Cricket Umpires Association (QCUA) that strengthens the experience of Queensland umpiring and follow in the pathway of current ICC Umpire Bruce Oxenford and National Panel member Donovan Koch.
After a 15-season playing career for Penrith in the Sydney grade competition David took up umpiring to stay involved in the game. David has umpired at several U17s & 19s National under age tournaments, under 19 Australian games, WNCL, WBBL, Women’s A games, men’s 2nd eleven and holding multiple BBL 4th umpire roles. In recent years he has consistently umpired numerous finals across QLD, NSW and CA level. David is known for his commitment to the role and has been rewarded this season with elevation to the CA Supplementary Panel.
Stephen joined the Brisbane grade umpiring ranks in 2009-2010 and has since officiated in 168 grade games. Over the past two seasons his hard work and commitment has been recognised through receiving the 1st Grade umpiring award. Since 2016 he has been in the CA umpiring pathway and attended several under age tournaments and in 2019 stood in the U19 final with Steve Farrell. Stephen is a team focused individual who is a committed husband and father to 3 children aged 13, 7 and 5. Away from umpiring he maintains a high level of fitness and is a qualified Mortgage broker with a strong business background. This season he has been selected by the Queensland Cricket Umpires Association to join the Management Committee.
Steven joined QCUSA in 2013 after a distinguished playing career for the University of Queensland including representing the Queensland Bulls in 2003. Steven has been a member of the State Umpiring Panel since 2016 and has officiated in State 2nd XI, WBBL, BBL (4th Umpire), and National Under age Championships.
Nathan started umpiring in 2011-2012 with the QCUSA and has umpired in 220 games in total from lower grades, women’s, Lord Taverner’s and in recent seasons first grade with his officiating in a first-grade semi-final last season. In 2019-2020 he attended the CA pathway U17 National Championship held Mackay. In recent seasons, Nathan continues to show his coachability and commitment to improve his umpiring knowledge and technique. This season he has undertaken the important role of overseeing professional development activities for the QCUSA members to prepare for the new season.