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.
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.
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.