Dave takes it on the chin ... twice!

By STEVE SPINKS and IAN MONAGHAN

YOU know it's a bad day at the crease when you get hit not once, but twice in the head while batting.

Unfortunately, this happened to Alstonville first grade batsman Dave Charter against Marist Brothers last Saturday.

According to Alstonville captain Gary Boyd, the first blow came from young quick Adam Thompson which hit Charter in the nose and cheek.

The second blow, which followed shortly after courtesy of Pat Foran, opened him up under the chin and he required a number of stitches.

Charter had to retire hurt for 6.

Switching camp

CANIABA'S John Arthur had to chuckle to himself recently.

John is the father of Ellissa Arthur, who is married to New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum.

Recently, he was in Brisbane watching the first Test as a guest of McCullum.

John and his family were seated with the Kiwi players' wives and girlfriends.

As the New Zealanders disintegrated on the fourth day to be all out for 70-odd, John had to be careful of his reactions.

"I kept having to tell myself not to cheer when they (Kiwis) lost a wicket," he said.

"I don't know how well that would have gone down."

Ellissa has changed her allegiance since marrying McCullum, but it's good to see that the Arthurs still know which team to barrack for.

Kiwi rates highly

STILL on McCullum and local Easts first grader and NSW Country fast bowler Ian Gregory rates the Kiwi highly.

Gregory bowled a few overs in the nets to the 23-year-old right-hander when he last visited Lismore.

The training session was lined up by a friend of Ellissa's (McCullum's wife), who worked with Gregory when he was an accountant at Rutherfords.

"He's a pretty well organised batsman," Gregory said.

Name games

STILL on the famous names theme and again Norths fifth grade continues to amuse.

Two weeks ago Flat Track Bully thought J Kerry may have been the deposed American presidential candidate John Kerry.

Alas, it was revealed J Kerry stood for Jack.

However, J Kerry seems to have some famous team-mates.

There is an R Butler and an A Davidson.

Now that Richard Butler has resigned as Tasmanian governor, why wouldn't he be playing fifth grade cricket in Lismore?

And as for Alan Davidson, well the former Australian all-rounder needs no introduction.

Fingers raised

WELL done to Eastern Districts who embraced their feminine side and wore pink shirts for a sponsor in the first round of the FNC LJ Hooker League one-day competition last Friday.

They will now forever be known as the Pinkies.

You brought it on yourself boys.

Centurion Paul

IT took four matches but the first Hooker League century has been posted.

Souths batsman Paul McLean showed he is still one of the classiest players in the Hooker League with a top knock of 104 against Tintenbar-East Ballina on Saturday.

McLean's pedigree is well known.

The former Sydney first-grader returned home to Lismore last year.

He had a lean season, but pretty much won the Hooker League final with a great innings of 80-odd against Norths-Goonellabah RSL in March.

McLean has been consistently scoring runs this season which means only one thing.

Look out bowlers!

Cup congratulations

WELL done to the Lismore representative team for making the final 16 of the $40,000 NSW Country Cup knockout.

Lismore moved into the finals with a dominant victory over Lower Clarence on Sunday.



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