In February of this year, Stribley and Farrow both reached the remarkable milestone of 500 Premier Cricket matches as in-game decision makers, celebrated by pre-game presentations marking the occasion.
Beginning in the 1998/99 season, Stribley’s journey to 500 includes lengthy service as Executive Member of the South Australia Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association, more than 180 West End First Grade matches and a continued involvement in countless competitions and carnivals.
Farrow, who began umpiring a year earlier in the 1997/98 season, is also an Executive Member of the same Association in addition to working as SACA Umpire Coach for many years, helping to develop the next generation of match officials, and has umpired more than 170 West End First Grade fixtures.
Proud to be recognised as a loyal contributor to South Australian cricket, Farrow’s love of the game shines through as he reflects on the road to 500.
“It is unbelievable to achieve this milestone, especially given when I started I thought it might be all too hard and I wasn’t sure how long I would be able to keep at it. But my wife at the time told me to keep it up. To be honest, I think it was to get me out of the house.
“The best part of umpiring is the camaraderie amongst everyone involved in cricket both on and off the field. There are plenty of great memories, but some highlights are umpiring the precursor of the Women’s National Cricket League, umpiring on Adelaide Oval and being able to have conversations with the players when we run into each other out and about.”
Beginning with a fortuitously timed discussion on the wireless, Farrow’s umpiring adventure spans 25 summers and his passion remains as strong as it ever was.
"I was listening to the radio during the winter of 1997 and heard Dennis Rebbeck being interviewed after his appointment as the SACA Umpires Coach. He advised that there was a winter school for prospective umpires, and I thought why not. It was as simple as that.
“I definitely do recommend umpiring to anyone that has an interest in the wonderful sport of cricket as it is the best place to watch the game and for the lucky ones there is the possibility of a long and rewarding career.”
11 April 2022