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|Full name||David Lynton Orchard|
24 June 1948 |
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
|Bowling style||Right arm medium|
|Domestic team information|
|Tests umpired||44 (1995–2004)|
|ODIs umpired||107 (1994–2003)|
Orchard was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He played first-class cricket as an all-rounder for Natal and Natal B between 1967/8 and 1978/9, scoring 1,634 runs at a batting average of 24.38 and taking 47 wickets at a bowling average of 29.02. He also played 5 games of List A cricket for Natal between 1969/70 and 1971/2, and played as a professional for Rawtenstall in the Lancashire League in 1972 and 1973. His father, Kenneth Orchard and uncle Eric Orchard played first-class cricket for Natal, and his son Justin Orchard for Free State.
Orchard became a first-class umpire in 1992. He made his international debut as an umpire at the One Day International "Mandela Tournament" in late 1994, standing in the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Durban on 2 December 1994. He umpired several matches in the 1999 Cricket World Cup and 2003 Cricket World Cup. His last ODI as umpire was played between Pakistan and New Zealand at Rawalpindi on 7 December 2003.
He umpired his first Test in December 1995, standing with Steve Bucknor in the 3rd Test between South Africa and England at Kingsmead, Durban in December 1995. He was a centre of controversy in the 5th Test of that series, when he ruled that Graham Thorpe was not out using his naked eye after a direct throw hit the stumps. Member of the crowd started to barrack after seeing a replay that showed that Thorpe was short of the mark, and South Africa captain Hansie Cronje persuaded Orchard to check with the third umpire, who ruled Thorpe out. Orchard's last Test was the 3rd Test between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo in March 2004, again standing with Steve Bucknor.
He joined the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires when it was formed in 2002, but was demoted in 2004 along with Asoka de Silva and Russell Tiffin. He continued to stand in first-class domestic cricket in Australia into 2007/8.