Todds back after a serious leg slip-up
By Adam Hicks firstname.lastname@example.org
EIGHTEEN months ago, Todd Fisher faced the prospect of having his leg amputated.
On Saturday the former Lennox Head cricket captain completed a remarkable comeback, scoring 60 runs against the Casino Cavaliers at Queen Elizabeth Park.
Fisher returned to regular training with the team only two weeks ago following a rugby union accident where he landed on a surveyor's peg on a Tweed field.
The peg sliced through his knee, causing a wound that put him in hospital for 18 days, needed hundreds of stitches and became seriously infected.
"I'm still recovering," he said. "I had six months off work ... I nearly lost it (the leg)."
After sitting out last season, Fisher had been batting in the Lennox lower order while he received physiotherapy treatment on the same nights the team trained.
"I'm coming to the end of my treatment and making time for training and starting to come into a bit of form again," he said.
"I found out the other week that I've got blood clots from it. The knee is coming good but the clots will be there for the rest of my life".
In the one-day match on Saturday, Fisher was elevated to No 3 in the Lennox Head batting order, where he shared a 110-run partnership with opener Darren Marsh.
"It's good to get a couple again," he said. With 10 overs remaining, Lennox Head were in a strong position at 1-120, but could manage only 7-164.
Casino Cavaliers batted well in reply, with opener Scott Shephard hitting 62 as the home side reached the target in the third-last over.
"We just didn't make enough runs in the last couple of overs," Fisher said.
"The Casino bowlers bowled pretty well but we should've got some more 180 at least, and that would have been enough.
"But we're still playing good cricket. Casino is a good team and to get that close is pretty good. We had a couple of fellas away and still had a good chance."
It is the second narrow loss in two weeks and means Lennox Head drops from first to sixth on the competition ladder. Next week they will face defending premiers Southern Districts at home and Fisher is confident they can turn it around.
"We've always had a pretty good go against Souths," he said.
"They are one team over the years that hasn't had the wood on us; we're about even.
"They haven't changed the team since I've been in so you know what you're going to get. I think we'll have a good chance."