New Zealand umpire Derek Walker is about to raise his third century in as many months.
The former Otago cricketer will stand 100th first-class match when Otago's sixth-round Plunket Shield clash with Central Districts gets underway in his hometown of Dunedin.
New Zealand umpire Derek Walker honoured before play in Dunedin yesterday as he became just the 10th Kiwi umpire to stand in 100 first-class matches.#PlunketShield #CricketNation #umpiring pic.twitter.com/YjdF60XbA4— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 12, 2020
Walker already clocked an umpiring ton in List A cricket last month to go with his Twenty20 umpiring century in mid-December.
A useful left-handed batsman and right-arm slow-medium pacer, Walker played 40 first-class games for Otago and 31 one-dayers across the 1980s and made his umpiring debut at that level in Christchurch in January 2005, some 17 years after playing his last first-class game.
He was a member of the International Cricket Council’s second-tier International Umpires Panel in 2012 and made his international debut in a Twenty20 International (T20I) in Auckland in February 2013.
Walker went on to stand in a total of eight T20Is and nine One Day Internationals with his last international outing being in February 2016 and has officiated in Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka.