TOURISTS: Members of the East Asia Pacific cricket squad, headed for Oakes Oval, Lismore.
TOURISTS: Members of the East Asia Pacific cricket squad, headed for Oakes Oval, Lismore.

Question of colour ... as Macca takes a tumble

By STEVE SPINKS

THE yellow balls have failed to arrive, but the game must go on.

As reported in The Northern Star on Wednesday, organisers of the East Asia Pacific versus Far North Coast day-night cricket match today were anxiously awaiting the arrival of specially-made yellow cricket balls from China.

The good news is, the yellow balls have arrived.

The bad news is, they were the wrong type of cricket ball.

This means instead of experimenting with the yellow cricket ball, organisers have been forced to revert to the white balls which are normally used for one-day cricket.

The experiment was the 'baby' of Lismore's Far North Coast Cricket Council secretary and Australian Country Cricket Championship convenor John McMahon.

It was hoped that if the yellow balls held up well during the 50-overs-a-side match, they could be used for a day-night match for the Australian Country Championship carnival, which will be held in Lismore in January.

The non-arrival of the special four-piece balls was the second piece of bad luck for McMahon within 24 hours.

The former Northern Star sports reporter broke a couple of bones in his ankle on Wednesday evening after falling off a ladder at home.

Nobody was home and McMahon was unable to move himself.

Fortunately, Cybill came to the rescue.

Cybill, the next door neighbour's Australian Terrier, became agitated and started barking after hearing McMahon's cries for help while inside her home.

Owner Sam D'Chantel thought she must have heard a trespasser or burglar so he let her out and followed her.

Cybill rushed directly to McMahon's aid and rewarded him with a massive lick on the face, while D'Chantel phoned for an ambulance.

McMahon was resting in hospital yesterday afternoon after undergoing surgery on the injury.



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