New spinner a lucky break for the Roos
Tuesday, 30th December, 2014
By Ethan James
It’s fair to say tweaker James Massaro has added a bit of spark to the South bowling stocks.
The 40-year-old electrician made the permanent move from Melbourne to Broken Hill prior to the season and is settling in to life and cricket in town.
“I was originally coming up here with contract work but then found more regular work, met a girl and the rest is history,” he explained.
“I’m friends with Alex Page and he got me to fill in for one game last season.
“I enjoyed it and was never going to play for another team.”
Since becoming a regular member of the Roos’ XI, Massaro has been a consistent wicket taker.
He’s picked up 12 this season with best figures of 4/50 against North this month.
Remarkably, it’s Massaro’s first tilt at cricket in 10 years.
He put the sport on the backburner after helping form the Clarkefield Brumbies Cricket Club in 2002, 50 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.
Affectionately known as ‘Sparky’, he mainly bowled medium pace before switching to spin as he got older.
“I’m actually going a lot better than I thought I would.
“It’s the first time I’ve been able to play on turf wickets regularly ... the Alma probably suits my style the best. I’ve been able to get a bit of turn.
“Being one-day cricket, batsmen try to take after you a little bit but I reckon I’ve been fairly economical as well.”
South are yet to win a game this season but Massaro isn’t too worried.
“The camaraderie in the team is the main reason why it’s enjoyable,” he said.
“It would be nice if we could win a game but as long as we give it our best shot.
“It’s a great town with some very friendly people and the more I came back with work, the more I could see myself moving here.”