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Friday, 11th March, 2011

BACK ON TRACK: Fast bowler Tom Derham says he is energised and ready to fire at next Wednesday’s charity match after overcoming injury. BACK ON TRACK: Fast bowler Tom Derham says he is energised and ready to fire at next Wednesday’s charity match after overcoming injury.

By John Casey

Talented Broken Hill teenager Tom Derham is hoping to come out with all guns blazing when he joins the Outback Emus Invitational XI for next Wednesday's charity cricket match against the Darren Lehmann All Stars.

Derham, 17, has had a frustrating run with injury since moving to Adelaide last year to further his career with SA District Cricket team West Torrens.

Initially, Derham gashed his knee at training on some cricket spikes just before Christmas which needed six staples to close the wound and forced him on to the sidelines.

More recently it has been a side strain suffered while on duty with the South Australian Under-17 side at the national championships in Tasmania that has thwarted his progress.

"That setback kept me on the sidelines for about six weeks, but I'm now finally ready to come off my full run and can't wait to bowl in next week's match," an excited Derham said from Adelaide.

"It has been frustrating with the injuries and I have been disappointed that I haven't played as much cricket as I would have liked in my first season here, but you just have to roll with the punches.

"This charity match at the Jubilee Oval has come at the perfect time for me as I can now go back to my normal 19-step run-up for the first time since I strained my side, so there'll be no holding back," he continued.

Derham will join fellow exciting Broken Hill juniors David O'Mally and Samantha Betts in the Outback Emus team up against former Test and World Cup stars such as Darren Lehmann and Graham Manou.

"It's great to see a number of the South Australian State team boys coming up to Broken Hill," Derham said.

"They're going to have a formidable team that should put on quite a show for local cricket fans."

Lehmann, who was this week named as the new coach of the Queensland Bulls, would be worth the price of admission alone, according to Outback Emus spokesman, Wayne Pavlich.

"He may have been retired for a few years now, but anyone seated near the short boundaries square of the wicket at the Jube could be in danger ... Lehman can still give the ball a big whack," Pavlich said.

Improved batting is something that Tom Derham is also hoping to bring to the table as the Emus look for an upset win in the 20-over per-side clash.

Last week he notched a rare half-century as he continued his injury rehabilitation with an appearance for the West Torrens D Grade side.

"That has been one of the positives I have taken from my injury lay-off," Derham said.

"Because I wasn't allowed to bowl at all for three weeks I've been spending extra time in the nets concentrating on my batting and I was really happy with the way I was hitting them last weekend.

"I don't think I've ever got more than five for West Torrens before, so to get a 50 was a real confidence boost," Derham added.

"The time I've been out injured has also allowed me to draw on the experience of my West Torrens team-mate Trent Kelly who has played for both South Australia and Western Australia.

"He has been a great sounding board and his advice has really helped me along," Derham continued.

While Derham will be doing his best to bring down the All-Stars team, one lucky local fan will have the chance to rub shoulders with the greats.

A silent auction is being held for a spot in Lehman's team and anyone interested should email their bid to: jjhywood@hotkey.net.au by 4pm on Monday March 14.

For those simply interested in enjoying the match, tickets will be on sale from the gate at 5pm next Wednesday. Otherwise they can be pre-purchased at

Shannon Electrics, Silver City Holden or Broken Hill Toyota. Admission prices range from $20 for a family to $5 for students and pensioners.

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