From Lancing to a world cricket final for Jukes

A FORMER Lancing man played a key role in over-seeing proceedings during the Women’s Cricket World Cup in India last month.

David Jukes oversees the toss for the Women's World Cup final between Australia and West Indies
David Jukes oversees the toss for the Women's World Cup final between Australia and West Indies

David Jukes, who was born in Shoreham and attended South Lancing County Primary School and then Boundstone, was a match referee for the tournament – including the final – which ran from January 31 to February 17.

Australia won the tournament as they beat West Indies in the final by 114 runs, while England, who went into the competition as reigning champions, were knocked out at the super six stage but then won the third-place play-off against New Zealand.

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Jukes, who played football for Lancing and cricket for Lancing Manor, is still a regular visitor to Lancing, where his mother lives. He left the town to join the Army in 1971 as an apprentice and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2009.

He has also been an ECB staff coach, where he was assigned to an ICC European development event in Corfu, before he received a letter of recommendation from ECB CEO Tim Lamb to become a match referee and is currently on the ICC’s reserve (regional) panel of referees.

On getting called up to be a match referee, Jukes said: “I was attending a routine meeting in Dubai in November when I was advised of my appointment to the Women’s World Cup.

“I was obviously very pleased, even though it was my second appointment to the event. I have been working for the ICC, regionally and globally, since 1997 and have officiated throughout Africa, America (North and South), Asia, Australasia and Europe. My next appointment is in Bermuda for the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3.

“This was a particularly busy tournament, since it was based in two locations, Mumbai and Cuttack. I was the match referee for all the televised matches and tournament referee for the remainder. We were extremely well hosted by the BCCI and it was a pleasure to work alongside some of the best existing and emerging umpires in the game, like Simon Taufel and Tony Hill.”