Cyril Mitchley

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Cyril Mitchley
Personal information
Full nameCyril John Mitchley
Born (1938-07-04) 4 July 1938 (age 82)
Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
RoleWicketkeeper, umpire, referee
RelationsCyril Douglas Mitchley (son)
Scott Mitchley (son) Mark Mitchley (son)
Umpiring information
Tests umpired26 (1992–2000)
ODIs umpired60 (1992–2000)
FC umpired127 (1981–2001)
LA umpired218 (1982–2001)
Career statistics
Competition First class List A
Matches 8 2
Runs scored 224 53
Batting average 20.36 26.50
100s/50s 0/2 0/0
Top score 66 36
Catches/stumpings 20/9 4/0
Source: CricketArchive, 22 December 2013

Cyril John Mitchley (born 4 July 1938) is a South African former cricket player, umpire and match referee. As an umpire he officiated in first-class and Test cricket matches.

Playing career[edit]

During the late 1960s he played for Transvaal as a wicket-keeper in South African domestic cricket.

Umpiring and refereeing career[edit]

He later became an umpire, culminating with him becoming a Test cricket umpire. Between 1992 and 2000, he stood in 26 Test matches and 61 One Day Internationals (ODIs).

In a match between South Africa and India in 1992, Mitchley made history by making the first referral to a third umpire in Test cricket history. Sachin Tendulkar was out after Mitchley referred a run out decision.[1][2]

He famously gave two of the three LBWs when English bowler Dominic Cork took a hat-trick against the West Indies at Old Trafford in 1995.

He later became an ICC match referee, officiating on four ODIs, all in 2007.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Third umpire: some thoughts". The Sportstar. Archived from the original on 2009-08-27. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  2. ^ "Wisden: 1st Test South Africa v India 1992–93".
  3. ^ "Player Profile:Cyril Mitchley". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2010-06-24.