David Orchard      

Full name David Lynton Orchard

Born June 24, 1948, Pietermaritzberg, Natal

Current age 68 years 336 days

Major teams Natal

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Other Umpire

Relation Father - KR Orchard, Uncle - EA Orchard, Son - J Orchard

David Lynton Orchard
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 43 73 6 1634 110* 24.38 2 10 21 0
List A 5 4 0 38 15 9.50 0 0 0 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 43 3018 1364 47 7/90 29.02 2.71 64.2 1 0
List A 5 282 178 7 3/24 3/24 25.42 3.78 40.2 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1967/68 - 1978/79
List A span 1969/70 - 1971/72
Umpiring statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 14-18, 1995 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (SSC), Mar 24-28, 2004 scorecard
Test matches 44
Test statistics
ODI debut Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Durban, Dec 2, 1994 scorecard
Last ODI Pakistan v New Zealand at Rawalpindi, Dec 7, 2003 scorecard
ODI matches 107
ODI statistics

Wisden Overview
Stockily built with reassuringly rounded features and a wispy white beard, Dave Orchard is the second-most experienced Test umpire in South Africa, behind his elite-panel colleague, Rudi Koertzen. Quite apart from his physical presence, Orchard's respect stems from a successful first-class career as an allrounder for Natal in the 1960s and 1970s, and an instinctive feel for the game that puts players at ease, even if his blunt manner can sometimes rub people up the wrong way, as Maurice Odumbe, Kenya's captain, found to his cost. During a one-day match in Kimberley in 2001-02, Odumbe declared that Orchard was "not friendly", and was promptly landed with a two-match suspension for dissent. Although umpires, like wicketkeepers, are best remembered for their mistakes, Orchard's gaffes have been particularly noteworthy. In his very first Test - South Africa v England at Cape Town in 1995-96 - he first failed to give Graham Thorpe out when a direct hit shattered his stumps, but then compounded the error by bowing to pressure from Hansie Cronje - via the hoots of derision from the hospitality boxes - and calling for a belated replay. And during the NatWest Series in England in 2002, he managed to miss the opening overs of one match, after assuming that it was a day-night affair. Andrew Miller

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Mar 27, 2004

Dave Orchard pulls up his pants, Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 3rd day, March 26, 2004

Dave Orchard pulls up his pants

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Mar 26, 2004

Justin Langer of Australia and umpire David Orchard discuss an incident that lead to the third umpire being called to investigate an appeal for hit wicket against Hashan Tillakaratne of Sri Lanka it was later revealed that the wicket had been broken by Justin Langer , Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 3rd day, March 26, 2004

Justin Langer of Australia and umpire David Orchard

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Dec 23, 2003

Dave Orchard and Steve Davis during a pitch inspection, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Test, Hamilton, 5th day, December 23, 2003

Dave Orchard and Steve Davis during a pitch inspection


Tournament Results
England v India at Birmingham - Jun 23, 2013
India won by 5 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Cardiff - Jun 20, 2013
India won by 8 wickets (with 90 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at The Oval - Jun 19, 2013
England won by 7 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at The Oval - Jun 17, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
England v New Zealand at Cardiff - Jun 16, 2013
England won by 10 runs
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