Cricket: Sheffield’s Richard Kettleborough to umpire at World Cup Final between Australia and New Zealand

Umpire Richard Kettleborough

Umpire Richard Kettleborough

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England may have put on a tame showing at this year’s Cricket World Cup, but Sheffield will at least have a representative at this Sunday’s final.

First class player turned umpire Richard Kettleborough, formerly of Yorkshire and Sheffield Collegiate, will be the man in the middle when tournament co-hosts Australia and New Zealand do battle in Melbourne.

Richard Kettleborough in 2002 and then of Sheffield Collegiate celebrates a wicket at Abbeydale Park

Richard Kettleborough in 2002 and then of Sheffield Collegiate celebrates a wicket at Abbeydale Park

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England were always long shots to reach the final but in the event did not do themselves justice, making an embarrassing early exit before the knockout stages even began.

Their absence this weekend put their officials in a favourable position to be involved instead - given the need for neutral umpires - and Ian Gould will join Kettleborough as the reserve appointment.

Richard Kettleborough batting for Sheffield Collegiate in 2004

Richard Kettleborough batting for Sheffield Collegiate in 2004

Sri Lankan Ranjan Madugalle will be match referee, and South Africa’s Marais Erasmus the third umpire who must advise his on-field colleagues with audio-video evidence for DRS deliberations.