Appealing day for top umpire
DAVID Went has reflected on his "fantastic" day umpiring one of Australia's top women's cricket matches.
The Goonellabah official was selected to oversee last Saturday's Women's National Cricket League match between the NSW Breakers and the ACT Meteors.
The match, which NSW comfortably won by seven wickets, was the highest level the 58-year-old has umpired at so far.
With positive feedback from match observers ringing in his ears, Went is hopeful of being appointed for more top-level matches.
"It could be possible," he said. "I live in hope.
"It was fantastic and really was a memorable experience."
Selection for the 50-over contest was a landmark moment for Went, who took up umpiring about 15 years ago.
After being appointed to the elite NSW Country representative umpiring panel about six years ago, he has impressed captains and match observers with his skills.
The 50-over Blacktown International Sportspark clash was the first game of the new season for both teams and featured several of the country's top players.
NSW comfortably won the clash, allowing them to start the 2012-13 season in positive fashion.
Went, who is also treasurer of the Lismore District Cricket Association and the Far North Coast Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association, said the match was contested in great spirit.
"It was a very enjoyable game to be a part of," he said.
"The umpires were treated with the utmost respect and there was no animosity between the players.
"I did have a few nerves before the match, but there was no hassle with my decisions [from the players]."
Went is now preparing to officiate SCG Cup representative matches, as well as the forthcoming Northern NSW Country Championships.
He said he would love to umpire more Women's National Cricket league matches if selected.
"I got positive feedback from the observers after the match, so it must have gone well," he said.
"This league gives women's cricketers a great opportunity to play the game."