Beach cricket ? Gilly-style

THIS story comes to Flat Track Bully courtesy of Laurie Benn, from Casino.

According to Laurie, the Benn family were all playing backyard-beach cricket at the Evans Head Silver Sands Caravan Park during the Christmas holidays.

One day a little boy named Jake came up and asked if he could join in.

The Benns agreed and everyone was getting an over batting, an over bowling and then an over fielding.

When it came time for Jake's turn to bat Laurie remarked that he looked a lot like Adam Gilchrist.

According to Laurie, Jake replied that Adam was his uncle and that he was going to watch him during the Ashes Series in England.

He then faced up to the bowler and smashed the tennis ball over a few caravans, left-handed and all.

Laurie and the Benn family were suitably impressed.

"For a kid of eight he can really bat," Laurie said.

Jake is the son of Charmaine and Glen Gilchrist.

Eleven sixes

- TIM Vandenberg was the toast of the Bangalow cricket club on Saturday night.

The 19-year-old playing third grade spanked 110 not out in his side's winning total of 8-202 against Alstonville's 195.

However, it wasn't just because he hit a century.

He strode to the crease with Bangalow in trouble at 2-6 and was still there at the end of the game at 8-202.

During his outing he hit 11 sixes.

He also made a mockery of the Bangalow selectors.

Only two games before he had been dropped from second grade.

Simon says (whack!)

- VANDENBERG wasn't the only Bangalow batsman to impress over the weekend.

Simon Milenko smashed 124 off 122 balls for Lismore White against Casino in the Under-16 Interdistrict game at Richards Oval on Sunday.

Milenko, 16, has had a stellar season to date and his century follows on from a solid contribution for Far North Coast in the Bradman Cup competition.

Catch a screamer

- IT was during the same match that Anthony Ricketts decided to make his mark as a fieldsman.

Playing for Lismore White, Ricketts took a screamer of a catch to dismiss the first Casino batsman of the innings.

Standing at mid-off the opener hit a high ball over Rickett's head.

He ran away from the stumps towards the boundary and caught the ball as it came over his head.

It started a trend.

After the catch two further batsmean were out in the over, including one who was caught by Ricketts again.

My Sporting Hero

- THIS one comes courtesy of The Northern Star's Sporting Hero competition which was run over summer.

Terry Wall sent this in and for his troubles will win a copy of My Sporting Hero, edited by Greg Growden.

THE EVENT: Fourth Grade cricket grand final, 1983, Lismore.

THE HERO: Max Leeson.

THE INCIDENT: The opposition's top batsman hooks a ball high, wide and handsome towards the fine leg boundary.

The wind was swirling, the ball high.

Down in the deep Max Leeson changes direction a number of times.

At the last second, while looking one way he thrusts his hand in the opposite direction and takes the catch.

The last 4 wickets fall for 7 runs and we win.

THE IRONY: This was Max's only catch of the entire season. He became an instant legend.

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