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Claire Polosak, Eloise Sheridan make history in Australia

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The duo, on Sunday, became the first female umpiring pair to officiate together in a competitive game on Australian soil during the Women's Big Bash League match between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars in Adelaide.

For Polosak, a member of Cricket Australia's Supplementary Umpire Panel, this is not the first time she is part of a historic milestone – in 2017, she had become the first on-field female umpire to officiate a men's domestic game in Australia.

In the recently-concluded ICC Women's World T20, she stood in the semi-final clash between India and England.

Meanwhile, Sheridan is the first female to be appointed to the South Australian State Umpire Panel, having taken up the career in umpiring drawing curtains on her playing career.

"Claire and Eloise have established themselves as two of Australia’s leading female umpires and it’s fantastic to see all their hard work continue to pay off," Kevin Roberts, the Cricket Australia CEO had said before the game.

"This is another great step forward for cricket, where we’re continuing to strive towards our aspiration of being Australia’s leading sport for women and girls."

Sophie Devine, the Adelaide Strikers all-rounder from New Zealand, made the occasion more memorable, scoring a blazing 60-ball 95 before taking 5/41. Her combination of half-century and five-for registered the first such instance in the WBBL, and powered her side to a big win.

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