ANTIGUA, West Indies – Langton Rusere made history on Saturday when he became the first Zimbabwean umpire to stand in the final of a major global cricket tournament.
Rusere was one of the on-field umpires for the Women’s World T20 final between Australia and England played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Saturday night.
Australia completed an emphatic eight-wicket win over England to secure their fourth Women’s World Twenty20 title.
England, bidding to become double world champions, were bowled out for 105 with two balls remaining in Antigua.
Australia were ruthless with the bat, as captain Meg Lanning and Ashleigh Gardner worked the ball around the field with ease.
The chase looked all too easy as the match came to a close with nearly five overs to spare – with some England players left in tears as Australia celebrated their first world title in four years.
The 33-year-old Rusere also officiated as an on-field umpire in the semi-final between Australia and West Indies on Thursday. In the final, he was paired with South Africa’s Shaun George, who stood in the other last-four match that pitted England against India.
Rusere started umpiring in Zimbabwe’s national league club competition in 2006 and made his professional umpiring debut in the match between Northerns and Centrals in Zimbabwe’s provincial one-day competition in 2009.
He umpired outside Zimbabwe for the first time in 2014, officiating in three games during South Africa’s provincial three-day and T20 competitions. His first senior international engagement came during India’s visit to Zimbabwe the following year, and Rusere joined the ICC’s International Panel.
This is the fifth global tournament at which he has now officiated, having also taken part in the World Cup Qualifier 2018 held in Zimbabwe and the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year.
Rusere was part of the umpiring team at the 2016 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, and went on to do duty at the 2017 Women’s World Cup staged in England last year. This year, he was also one of the umpires at the Caribbean Premier League, the second time he was involved in the tournament.
Rusere was also a mentor umpire for the World Cricket League Division Two – the qualifier event for Associate teams to the World Cup Qualifier 2018 – held in Namibia in February this year.