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Stars out tonight

Thursday, 15th March, 2018

Adam Rhodes bats during last year’s All Stars T20 game which returns tonight at the Jubilee Oval. Adam Rhodes bats during last year’s All Stars T20 game which returns tonight at the Jubilee Oval.

By Tyler Hannigan

Last weekend saw the Barrier District Cricket League’s grand finals but the season isn’t quite done with yet.

Tonight the city’s best cricketers will come together for an All Stars T20 at the Jubilee Oval.

Gates open at 6pm with the game to start at 7 between the Demo Club XI and the Century 21 XI. Each team is made up of the best that Broken Hill cricket has to offer including Cricketer of the Year Jarred Paull, leading run scorer Tobias Hack and leading wicket-taker Jordan Vella.

This is the second annual All Stars T20 after the inaugural event was held last year at the Alma Oval. 

WHAT: All Stars T20
WHEN: Thursday, 15 March. gates open at 6
WHERE: Jubilee Oval

The Jube will play host to this year’s game under lights with fully coloured kits, white balls, the electronic scoreboard in operation and music in between overs. 

A barbeque will be on offer thanks to the Outback Emus who will also be selling water and soft drinks. The bar will not be running but BYO is allowed. 

Spectators are also encouraged to sit in designated sections of the oval although they are reminded that alcohol cannot be consumed on the oval. 

Cost of entry is a gold coin donation with proceeds going to the Cancer Council. 

The Teams:

DEMO XI-

1. Jordan Vella (c) - North, right-hand bat, off spin bowler.

The North Bulldogs’ vice-captain will lead the Demo Club team tonight. Vella enjoyed a great year with the ball taking 25 wickets at 5.72 and while runs weren’t as plentiful he did produce an important 24 off 22 balls in the grand final last weekend.

2. Jarred Paull - Central, left-hand bat, medium pace bowler.

Paull had another fantastic all-round season to claim his seventh player of the year award. He finished with 18 wickets and 161 runs.

3. Codie Howard - North, right-hand bat, medium pace bowler/wicket-keeper.

Having long been one of Broken Hill’s best cricketers, Howard missed this game last year due to injury but comes into tonight’s match with great form having scored a game-high 48 runs in last weekend’s grand final win.

4. Sheldon Hall - South, right-hand bat, medium-fast bowler.

The South skipper struggled for runs this season but his bowling was very good with nine wickets at 14 from eight games. He also was one of the standouts in this game last year with a crisp 33 runs.

5. Luke Larkins - North, right-hand bat, medium pace bowler.

Larkins was a key member in North’s run to the 2017/18 premiership as he chipped in with vial runs and wickets throughout the season including 16 not out in the grand final. 

6. Tom Davey - North, right-hand bat, medium-fast bowler.

Davey played in this game last year but has taken his bowling to a new level since then with 16 wickets at an average of 13 and was great last weekend with 2-16 off eight overs in the decider.

7. Jon Carrett - Central, right-hand bat, medium pace bowler.

Carrett was one of this season’s leading run scorers with just over 200 runs. Very technically correct but with hitting power especially straight down the ground.

8. Tristen Smith - Central, right-hand bat, medium-fast bowler.

Smith booked his spot in tonight’s match thanks to a brutal knock of 96 in the T20 final a few weeks ago. He’s also a talented - if erratic - bowler and has enough confidence that the big stage shouldn’t worry him.

9. Adam Rhodes - Central, right-hand bat, medium fast bowler.

Rhodes won’t have fond memories of last year’s event after he was felled early in his innings by a short ball but he’s back - with a helmet - and in great form after almost getting Central across the line in last weekend’s grand final with 43 of 44 balls. He’s a powerful hitter who will send the white ball flying if he gets going.

10. Laurence Hebbard - South, right-hand bat, swing bowler.

Hebbard is a genuine swing bowler who can move the ball both ways in the air and off the pitch making him a nightmare for top order batsmen.

11. Aaron Carroll - Sponsors Pick

Carroll was a late inclusion as the Demo Club’s player but he’s hardly a novice having played A Grade cricket for West for many years. Carroll was a very good off-spin bowler in his prime and could launch the ball a long way with the bat.

CENTURY 21 XI 

1. Max Everuss (c) - West, right-hand bat, medium pace bowler.

Everuss was A Grade’s second-leading run scorer and finished the season with 252 runs. He’s a fluent batsmen and strikes the ball as well as anyone in the competition. He’ll also lead the Century 21 team.

2. Tobias Hack - North, left-hand bat, leg-spin bowler.

Broken Hill’s best batsman by a country mile, Hack scored well over 500 runs in the 2017/18 season including two centuries - the second of which was a dominant display of power hitting against West in the semi-final. Hack scored 118 off 92 balls including 34 off one over.

3. Matt Handberg - West, right-hand bat, leg-spin bowler.

Handberg only returned to West’s lineup as the season moved into finals but he still made a number of very handy contributions with both bat and ball. He’s a talented cricketer who can clear the ropes.

4. Shane Dalby - North, right-hand bat, medium-fast bowler.

One of North’s opening bowlers, Dalby took 14 wickets this season with his pace and swing and can also produce with the bat if given the chance.

5. Justin Heath - Central, right-hand bat, medium pace bowler.

Heath has been limited to just a few sporadic appearances over the past two seasons but at his best he’s a top class cricketer with both bat and ball. His best this season was a run-a-ball 44 against South.

6. Scott Mateer - Central, right-hand bat, off-spin bowler.

A wily batsmen and all-around busy cricketer, Mateer is suited to T20 cricket and is dangerous with the ball with his changes of pace and flight.

7. Luke Neal - Central, right-hand bat, medium pace bowler.

Neal gives it his all with the bat, ball and in the field. Capable of clearing the fence with the bat and taking wickets, he’s a valuable addition to this side.

8. Mackenzie Attard - West, right-hand bat, wicket-keeper.

Attard batted only seven times this season but was still dangerous as his 37 in the semi-final showed. He’s a crisp striker of the ball and likes to go straight or whip them off his pads.

9. Michael Maalste - Central, left-hand bat, fast bowler.

Maalste will be the quickest bowler in tonight’s game with a sling-type action that could cause carnage under lights. He batted very well in this game last season with 41 off 29 balls.

10. David O’Mally - Central, right-hand bat, medium pace bowler.

Central’s Mr. Consistent, O’Mally had another very good season with the ball taking 17 wickets at just 7.29. O’Mally can also work the gaps with the bat and is a whippet around the field.

11. Nick Schofield - Sponsors Pick

2017/18’s junior cricketer of the year, Schofield is a talented all-rounder and won’t be out of place in tonight’s game. He was West’s leading B Grade wicket taker in their premiership season and was a standout player for the West Under 16’s who went undefeated.

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