Bash with Boof? Better believe it
Wednesday, 9th March, 2011
By John Casey
Fifteen-year-old David O'Mally is still pinching himself about the prospect of taking on former Australian Test cricket stars in next Wednesday's charity match at Jubilee Oval.
"I still can't believe it," the excited BH High School Year 10 student said as he prepares to face the likes of World Cup winning batsman Darren "Boof" Lehman and former Test wicketkeeper Graham Manou.
"I have met 'Boof' in the past and he seemed like a really nice bloke and to be bowling to him will be a real highlight," he added.
The Twenty/20 Big Bash charity match will see an All-Star team captained by Lehman take on the Outback Emus Invitation XI next Wednesday from 6pm.
As one of Broken Hill's most exciting young cricket talents O'Mally has been selected in the Outback Emus side which will be captained by current South Australian coach and former local Jeff Vaughan.
Others to make the Emus team include teenage female cricket prodigy Samantha Betts, along with Codie Howard, Tobias Hack and Jarrad Paull who are all involved in the A Grade grand final which concludes this weekend.
O'Mally will also see grand final action this weekend with his Central team taking on West in the Under-16 premiership decider and he is hoping for a better result than last weekend when the Magpies were beaten in the B Grade grand final by the Warriors.
O'Mally took Central's only wicket in the first grand final against the Warriors and top scored with 16 in the second match, but the Magpies were missing key players who had been elevated to the A Grade team and were comprehensively beaten.
"It was pretty tough with some under-16s and even under-14s having to make up the numbers," O'Mally said.
However, the Magpies had claimed the previous five B Grade premierships so they were overdue for a loss.
Bill Bergman (54n.o. and 14n.o.) was the Warriors' star with the bat, while Tim Harris (4/9 and 3/19) took the bowling honours as the Warriors won their first premiership in six years.
O'Mally, a right-arm medium-fast bowler who has represented Barrier at the Under-14 and Under-16 (twice) Country Carnivals said the Outback Emus had done a great job nurturing junior talent.
"Hopefully I'll go okay next Wednesday," he said.
"I'll just try and stay calm and try not to get hit out of the Jube.
"In the past I've played cricket against (Crows star) Taylor Walker which was interesting, but this will be even more exciting," O'Mally continued.
One lucky local fan will also have the chance to take part in the match with a silent auction being conducted for a spot in Darren Lehman's All-Star XI. Anyone interested in playing should email their bid to: email@example.com by 4pm on Monday March 14.
"This match is all about raising funds for the Outback Emus and Variety Club of South Australia so we are hoping local people and businesses will dig deep for this once in a lifetime opportunity to play with former Test players," Emus spokesman, Wayne Pavlich said.
"We're hoping for a crowd of 2000 or more which will be a great adrenalin rush for the lucky winner of the auction," he added.
Admission at the gate is only $20 (family); $10 (adult) or $5 (students/pensioners) and tickets can also be pre-purchased at Broken Hill Toyota, Silver City Holden and Shannon Electrics.