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Michael Gough (cricketer)

Michael Gough
Personal information
Full name
Michael Andrew Gough
Born (1979-12-18) 18 December 1979 (age 44)
Hartlepool, County Durham, England
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm off-break
RoleOpening batsman, umpire
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1998–2003Durham
FC debut13 May 1998 Durham v Essex
Last FC13 August 2003 Durham v Glamorgan
LA debut13 June 1999 Durham v Sussex
Last LA7 May 2003 Durham v Berkshire
Umpiring information
Tests umpired31 (2016–2023)
ODIs umpired85 (2013–2023)
T20Is umpired22 (2013–2022)
WODIs umpired6 (2008–2018)
WT20Is umpired11 (2011–2016)
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 67 49
Runs scored 2,952 974
Batting average 25.44 23.75
100s/50s 2/15 1/3
Top score 123 132
Balls bowled 2,486 1,136
Wickets 30 21
Bowling average 45.00 45.09
5 wickets in innings 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 5/66 3/26
Catches/stumpings 57/– 14/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 24 November 2023

Michael Andrew Gough (born 18 December 1979) is an English cricket umpire and former cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. As an international umpire, Gough is a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, representing the England and Wales Cricket Board.[1]

Playing career

Having played in two Youth Test matches in 1997, Gough impressed enough to become a fully fledged member of the Durham side of 1998, having previously been an occasional member of their Second XI side, and carrying on in this role for five more years. On his debut in Second XI cricket, he finished his first innings admirably, but got out for a duck in the second innings. Gough played in eleven Youth Test Matches, debuting in South Africa in December 1997, in a match which ended up as a draw having seen England Under-19s follow on from 130 runs behind. He subsequently played against Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia Under-19s.

He fell out of love with the sport at the highest level and retired at the age of 23. During a spell working in his father's sports shop in Hartlepool, he played football for Horden, Spennymoor Town, Barrow and in the Hartlepool Sunday Morning League, he decided he wanted to get involved in cricket as a coach or umpire. He took umpiring exams at Stockton Cricket Club during the winter of 2005 and umpired his first match in the summer of 2005 (Bishop Auckland 3rds v Sedgefield 3rds). Michael has also refereed in the Hartlepool Sunday Morning Football League.[2]

Umpiring career

Gough umpired in the Second XI Championship and in the Second XI trophy, officiating his first game in April 2006.[3] He has umpired in several ODI games and Twenty20 Internationals since he made his debut as an international umpire in 2013.[4] He was one of the twenty umpires during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.[5] On 28 July 2016 he stood in his first Test match, between Zimbabwe and New Zealand at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.[6]

In April 2019, he was named as one of the sixteen umpires to stand in matches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[7][8] In July 2019, Gough along with Joel Wilson, were promoted to the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, following the retirement of Ian Gould and exclusion of Sundaram Ravi.[9]

In April 2020, he was cited[10] as the umpire with the highest percentage of his on-field decisions upheld after a player review, with 95.1% of his on-field decisions upheld after a player review, from all of the 14 umpires who have officiated in at least 10 Test matches since September 28, 2017.

Gough was named the ECB Umpire Of The Year for an unprecedented 8 years in a row from 2010.[11] In June 2021, Gough was named as one of the on-field umpires for the 2021 ICC World Test Championship Final.[12]

In September 2023, he was named as one of the sixteen match officials for 2023 Cricket World Cup.[13][14]

Personal life

He is a supporter of Hartlepool United FC and in January 2021 was appointed honorary president of the Hartlepool United Supporters Trust [15]

See also

References

  1. ^ "ICC names two new umpires in elite panel for 2019-20". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Q&A with Michael Gough Junior". Hartlepool Utd Supporters Trust. 21 March 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Umpire Michael Gough named Cricketing Umpire of the Year". Sunday Sun. 9 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Michael Gough". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  5. ^ "ICC announces match officials for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015". ICC Cricket. 2 December 2014. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  6. ^ "New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe, 1st Test: Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Bulawayo, Jul 28-Aug 1, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Match officials for ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 announced". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Umpire Ian Gould to retire after World Cup". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Michael Gough, Joel Wilson added to ICC Elite umpires panel; S Ravi omitted". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Which umpire fares the best when reviewed by DRS?". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Gough heads to Australia with his stock rising". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Match officials for ICC World Test Championship Final announced". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Match officials for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 named". www.icc-cricket.com. Retrieved 22 September 2023.
  14. ^ "ICC announce Match Officials for ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023". www.icc-cricket.com. Retrieved 22 September 2023.
  15. ^ "Michael Gough to be HUST's new honorary president". Hartlepool Utd Supporters Trust. 29 October 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
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