Four in rep action
Thursday, 6th February, 2020
By Peter Argent
Four of the leading cricketers from Broken Hill - Tobias Hack, Jordan Vella, Sheldon Hall and Thomas Carruthers - are a part of the Murray Districts Barrier (MDB) representative team for the 95th annual SACA Senior Country Cup cricket championships currently being held in suburban Adelaide.
Hack, who last month travelled with the SA Outbacks state country team to Toowoomba in Queensland, was announced as the team captain.
Since the Murray Districts and the Barrier zones amalgamated a couple of decades ago, Hack, now 27, is the second person from the Silver City to captain the representative side, following in the footsteps of multi-talented sportsman Jarred Paull.
His North Broken Hill teammates, batsman Tommy Carruthers and bowling all-rounder Jordan Vella make it a trio of the Bulldogs in the MDB squad.
While the fourth Silver City member of the squad, Sheldon Hall, comes from the South Broken Hill Cricket Club.
A fifth player, Central Broken Hill’s 21-year-old Michael Maalste, was also selected in the original squad, but was a late withdrawal with a significant back injury.
Since the amalgamation of the two zones the Murray Districts Barrier side has not enjoyed the spoils of a title victory.
The last time a Barrier side won the Senior Country Cup cricket title was back in 1990, when Dick Harvey was the Coach/Manager and Wayne Caldwell was the captain.
The Barrier (Broken Hill) zone had previously won the championships three other times, in 1986, 1982 and 1978.
In each of those three victories Rod Johnston was captain while Tom Slattery was the coach-manager in 1978 and Harvey looked after the off-field duties in a 1982 and 1986 as well.
They play three round robin games at first grade grounds across Adelaide, before the undefeated play the Grand Final at Park 25, today.