Vincentian Deighton Butler achieved yet another milestone in his umpiring career when he stood in his first Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final.
That 2020 final, involving St. Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders, was played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad, September 10.
Butler made his debut in the CPL this year, following strong performances in West Indies regional tournaments.
In 2019, he was selected by Cricket West Indies for an exchange programme that facilitated him officiating in first-class matches in Ireland.
The former West Indies fast bowler, a member of the CWI Senior Umpires Panel, is also the holder of the Level 2 coaching certificate and has successfully coached St. Vincent and the Grenadines Under-19 and senior teams in Windward Islands tournaments.
Butler also serves as an executive member of the SVG Cricket Association (SVGCA).
He expressed delight at being given the opportunity to officiate in the CPL finals. “I was elated to be appointed for the finals, and felt proud that I have flown the Vincy flag high in the tournament,” said Butler.
He went on, “My goal coming into the tournament was to display a high standard of officiating and be an asset to the team, but to be appointed for the semifinals and finals is hugely humbling.”
Butler also expressed gratitude to his supporters. “I am grateful for the overwhelming support I have received from my family, SVGCA, SVG Cricket Umpires Association, my CPL colleagues, and all other well wishers,” said the 46-year-old from South Rivers, St. Vincent.
Butler is the first umpire from the Windward Islands to officiate in the CPL, currently in its 8th edition.