Chips off the old blocks
By STEVE SPINKS
FORMER Pakistan cricket captain Javed Miandad is not playing in the Ballina District third grade competition this summer.
But there is another form of Miandad playing.
The Alstonville third grade Miandads ? so named because the entire team comprises six sets of fathers and sons.
Stop reading if you don't.
"We didn't come up with the name," opening batsman Darryl Piper chuckled.
"The captain of the other Alstonville third grade team, Andy Holloway, came up with it.
"We thought it was pretty good."
All the boys in the side also play together in the Alstonville Under-16 team.
"They're all good mates," Piper said.
"Four of the six pairs played in the Alstonville fourth grade-winning side last year.
"Most of the kids are on the way up in grade and most of the fathers are on the way down, so we've kind of met in the middle."
In their first match, the Miandads made 5-250 with Piper and his son Reegan putting on 90 for the first wicket.
Piper was ecstatic as he managed 67, while Reegan fell for 25.
But the star of the first match was Trevor Robb, who belted a century, meaning the fathers well and truly have bragging rights over the boys at the moment.
"It's all in good fun and we're having a great time," Piper said.
The match ended in a draw due to bad light.
The skipper of the Miandads, Russel Pearce, said it was pretty easy captaining the team.
"I don't have any problems with the kids whatsoever," he said.
With five Level 1 coaches, three Far North Coast umpires and one accredited State badge umpire in the side, Pearce is never short of advice coming from the elder players.
Whether he listens to them is another matter.
An interesting statistic about the real Javed Miandad was that he was never given out leg-before-wicket in a Test match in Pakistan.
With four accredited umpires in the Alston-ville team, you have to wonder if the Miandad batsmen will be getting a good run at Geoff Watt Oval, Alstonville, this summer.