Former International umpire Ronald ‘Rocky’ Harris has passed away at the age of 80.
Known to everybody as ‘Rocky’, he stood in his only One Day International in 1979, in the Australia v West Indies match in the World Series Cup of that season. In addition, ‘Rocky’ officiated in 13 First Class matches between 1978 and 1987, as well as 5 List A limited Overs matches. Rocky was made a Life Member of NSWCUSA in 2002.
‘Rocky’ also had an outstanding career as a cricket administrator with the Northern District Club, where he was a member of their Committee of Management between 1980 – 2000, in addition to being a Sydney Cricket Association Delegate member between 1991 – 2000. For his services to Cricket NSW, he was elected a Life Member in September, 2000.
In addition. ‘Rocky’ had a major involvement in other areas of cricket within the State, including being appointed to the Coaching Panel in 1982, acting as NSW U17 Team Manager between 1988-1997, before taking on the role of Room Attendant to Interstate and International visiting teams between 1997-2012.
Cricket New South Wales Chairman, Dr Harry Harinath expressed his sadness at the news: “Rocky was a wonderful man who gave so much of his time to Cricket NSW. His love of the game and infectious personality will be sadly missed. Our hearts go out to his family at this sad time”.