Umpire Claire Polosak to make history with JLT Cup debut

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New South Wales umpire Claire Polosak will make history on Sunday when she becomes the first female to stand in an on-field umpiring role in an Australian men’s domestic match.

Polosak will debut in the match between New South Wales and the Cricket Australia XI at Hurstville Oval.

The 29-year-old has been a member of Cricket Australia’s Development Umpire Panel for the past two seasons.

She has previously officiated as a third umpire during the men’s domestic one-day cup, also in the 2015-16 season.

“I’m very excited and I’m really looking forward to the experience,” Polosak said.

“If you were to ask my 16-year-old self if I thought this would have happened when I first started umpiring, I definitely would not have thought I would be umpiring a men’s domestic match.

“To be entrusted with this opportunity is humbling. With my role at Cricket New South Wales working in female umpire engagement, I realise what I do can be incredibly important for other women.

We need to see more female umpires officiating at all levels of the game, as this allows others to see there is a path to follow. Hopefully other female umpires will realise that umpiring cricket at the elite level is a real possibility and that they can be involved.

Polosak has been a ground-breaker throughout her career.

Her recent appointments include matches at this year's ICC Women’s World Cup in England, and the 2016 ICC Women’s World T20.

She was also the first female to umpire an Australian domestic final, in last summer’s Women’s National Cricket League decider.

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