Locals meet cricket stars
Thursday, 27th September, 2012
Broken Hill cricketers taking part in the 2012 Sister City Sporting Exchange at Bankstown in outer Sydney received an unexpected bonus yesterday when they met with Australian Test superstars Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting and Brad Haddin.
The national team members were taking part in a Sheffield Shield clash between NSW and Tasmania at Bankstown Oval and the BH juniors were part of a guard of honour for the teams and also had a chance to snare an autograph with their idols.
The rare experience capped off a more productive day for the BH cricketers who were able to secure their first win of the Sister City Exchange as well, with the Year 7/8 side defeating Bankstown.
"Grabbing our first win in the cricket competition and then getting a close-up look at some of Australia's best players capped off a great day," Cricket Coordinator Denis Watts reported.
"Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was happy to sign autographs for the boys and watching test wicket-keeper Brad Haddin score a century was a highlight," Mr Watts added.
The 10-run victory (95-85) by the BH Year 7/8 team tied that series at one win apiece, but Bankstown yesterday continued to dominate in the other three cricket grades.
The Year 5/6 clash saw Bankstown score a 28-run win with Zeb Scurrah and Fred McClure best with the bat for BH, while Hamish Robertson
claimed two wickets.
The BH Year 10/11 side went down narrowly by 11 runs, mustering 111 in reply to Bankstown's 122, while the hosts are well-placed in the Year
9 match which will be completed tomorrow.
Taite Cowley captured 2/19 in Bankstown's tally of 6/174, and in reply BH is 6/118.
The three BH netball teams participating at Bankstown will get their brush with fame today when members of the Sydney Swifts national league side conduct a coaching clinic.
In yesterday's oncourt action, BH put up a much improved display, claiming three wins from seven matches.
The 17-and-under side scored two of those wins (22-11 and 25-23) before Bankstown hit back to take the final clash 51-13.
The 13-and-under girls split their two games; winning 16-5 after Bankstown had claimed the opening match of the day 11-8, while the 16-and under team are still to open their winning account, going down 15-42 and 19-20.
"It was quite a warm day and that tested all the players and we were a little unlucky being pipped at the post in the final match," Netball Coordinator Sheree Quinn said.
"Everyone here is really enjoying the experience - the host families have been outstanding and the organisation of the events has been fantastic - we can't speak highly enough of the Bankstown hospitality," she added.
Competition in the 2012 Sister City Sporting Exchange concludes today and the BH contingent will start the return trip tomorrow.