Back injury ends Sam's carnival
A PAINFUL back injury has forced Sam Irvineto quit the Bush Blues’ quest for the Australian Country Cricket Championship (ACCC) in Albury-Wodonga.
He will fly home today.
The decision capped a disappointing week for the Casino batsman.
Irvine didn’t bat in the first Twenty20 match against ACT and was 13th man in the second Twenty20 fixture against Northern Territory.
He was out for a duck in the one-dayer against Western Australia on Tuesday, then didn’t bat in an easy win over East Aisa Pacific on Wednesday.
Irvine, who was playing in his third ACCC for NSW Country, said he had a recurrence of the back injury while practising on Thursday morning and missed the two-day match against South Australia that was completed yesterday.
“I did my back hitting some balls,” he said.
“I’d previously hurt it in the trials but it hadn’t worried me at all this week until then.”
Irvine, 22, is booked in for an X-ray tomorrow.
He hopes to be back on the field with the Casino Cavaliers before the end of the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League season but said it would depend on how bad the injury was and how it responded to treatment.
The good news is that the Bush Blues are still in with a chance for the title.
Tintenbar-East Ballina all-rounder Brett Crawford contributed 65 runs against SA Country in their fourth win from five games.
With NSW Country having some easy wins, he has also had only one other bat – also a duck against WA Country.
“We were 6-40 against WA at one point,” Irvine said.
“The curator told us later he had pumped too much water into the wicket but it looked all right before the match.
“All the other wickets have been terrific.”