Bills will mark the impressive milestone by standing in the Woodville v Prospect Under 14 Red game on Saturday.

Few South Australian match officials have served as long as Bills, with the ‘seventy-something’ retiree claiming he just loves the game of cricket.

“I'm in love with the game…the tradition of cricket," Bills said.

"I started umpiring cricket in the 1970-71 season and I’m still going because I love it.

“A gentleman I used to umpire football with suggested that I try cricket umpiring to help with my concentration, so I did and never looked back.”

Although Bills only never really played the game, other than a handful of grassroots-level matches, he has been involved in multiple facets of cricket throughout his life.

“I worked part time at Adelaide Oval in the scoreboard for over 25 years,” he said.

“I'm still on the books to do the occasional game – I did a (Marsh) Sheffield Shield game last season.”

Whyalla-born Bills is a Life Member of both the SANFL and SACUSA and values the friendships he has built through umpiring.

“It’s great camaraderie,” he said.

“I would encourage others to take up umpiring because of the friendships. Being involved in a sport is magnificent.”

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Upcoming Community Officiating Practical sessions
Wednesday 19 February, 6pm
Adelaide Oval, SACA Boardroom, Level 4 Riverbank Stand

Wednesday 18 March, 6pm
Adelaide Oval, SACA Boardroom, Level 4 Riverbank Stand