The record was previously held by Geoff Bennett who officiated in 241 First Grade matches. Bennett passed away in 2013 after a long and distinguished playing and umpiring career.
Keel made his umpiring debut for the Ringwood & District Cricket Association in the 1989/90 season after hanging up his playing boots and moving his focus and love of cricket by becoming an umpire.
He made the move to Canberra in 1990 and immediately took up umpiring in the Canberra Grade competition, starting with Third Grade and Second Grade.
He made his First Grade debut in Round 1 of 1991/92 at Stirling Oval in the match between Weston Creek and Western District.
He then went on to umpire in Sydney First Grade cricket as well as numerous representative matches in the ACT and New South Wales.
He has umpired the Prime Minister’s XI match in 1994/95 as well as in the Australian Domestic One Day competition, the Australian Country Cricket Championships, CA Cup/Futures League, Women’s National Cricket League and WNCL T20 matches.
Keel also served for a long period of time on the ACTUSC Executive, served as the Territory Director of Umpiring and as a Match Referee. He umpired his first ACT 1st Grade final in 1992/93 and in total has umpired 19 1st Grade finals (11 2-day and 8 1-day).
This is an incredible achievement and all at Cricket ACT wish to thank Terry on his contribution to the game and wish him the very best this weekend.
The current leading 1st Grade matches for Umpires are:
241* Terry Keel
241 Geoff Bennett
222 Bill Ruse
192 Derek Gould
187 Kevin McCarty
183 Graeme Clifton
168 Brian Lawrence
149 Andrew Shelley
146 Geoff Connelly
127 Alan Jordan
123 Yohan Ramasundara