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David Orchard
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David Orchard

Australia
David Orchard

INTL CAREER: 1994 - 2004

Full Name

David Lynton Orchard

Born

June 24, 1948, Pietermaritzberg, Natal

Age

72y 319d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

relations

(father),

(son),

(uncle)

Other

Umpire

TEAMS

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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50sCtSt
FC437361634110*24.38210210
List A54038159.500000
Bowling
FormatMatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC4330181364477/9029.0264.2010
List A528217873/243/2425.423.7840.20000
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatUmpireTV Umpire
Test584414
ODI13810929
FC4949
List A49445
T201717

Debut/Last Matches

  • Player
  • Umpire
FC Matches
Span
1967/68 - 1978/79
List A Matches
Span
1969/70 - 1971/72

Recent Matches - Umpire

Photos


Dave Orchard pulls up his pants
Justin Langer of Australia and umpire David Orchard
Dave Orchard and Steve Davis during a pitch inspection
David Orchard - ICC Portrait 2003
Akhtar comes steaming in, literally, past the umpire
Dave Orchard - Portrait August 2002