Herbert Elphinstone

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Herbert Alfred Rhys (Herb) Elphinston (25 February 1905 at Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales – 8 July 1966 at Forestville, Sydney, New South Wales, was an Australian Test Cricket Umpire. Wife: Miriam. Daughters Joan, Rhonda and Lynne.

He umpired ten Test matches between 1948 and 1953. His first match was between Australia and India at Melbourne on 1 January to 5 January 1948, a match comfortably won by Australia with Don Bradman scoring a century in each innings. Elphinston's partner in this match was Andy Barlow.

His last match was between Australia and South Africa at Sydney on 9 January to 13 January 1953, where the home team won by an innings with Neil Harvey scoring 190 and Ray Lindwall taking 8 wickets. Mel McInnes was Elphinston's partner in this match.

Herb Elphinston was a leader in intervening against persistent use of short-pitched deliveries (bouncers) by fast bowlers, resulting in Australian first-class umpires being given more power to intervene against intimidatory bowling.

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  • Pollard, Jack, "Australian Cricket: 1948-1995, The Packer Years". Sydney, The Book Company, 1995.