Sheridan has been appointed to umpire the men’s West End Twenty20 final this Sunday at Adelaide Oval.

In October, Sheridan became the first woman to officiate in a men’s first grade match and since then, SACA has introduced a scholarship to encourage more females to become umpires.

SACA’s scholarship offer is open to females involved in cricket who wish to become an umpire and who are a current player, coach, administrator or volunteer.

Successful applicants receive the Community Officiating Course for no cost as well as a SACA-branded umpiring shirt, ongoing training and match day coaching.

Southern District first grade captain Jess O’Reilly recently became the first female to take part in the program and has since officiated in her first Premier Cricket match.

Southern District captain and new umpire Jess O'Reilly.

Long-time cricketer O’Reilly took on the opportunity to get involved in umpiring for the challenge of something new.

“I really like a challenge and obviously enjoy my cricket,” said O’Reilly, who has played first grade for eight years with the Stingrays.

“The main reason I did it was because I think it is really important for young cricketers and the rest of the cricket community to see diversity in all aspects of the sport.

“This means women and girls, different cultures and all ages getting involved as players, officials, volunteers, team managers and in any other area they can.”

O’Reilly umpired her first match in the Under 16 Red boys’ division and is set to officiate for a second time this weekend.

Those who are successful through the scholarship program should be prepared to umpire for the remainder of the current season, as well as the following season.

To apply for the umpiring scholarship program email State Umpire Coach Nathan Magill at outlining your current role and why you would like to become an umpire.