Milgate comes full circle
VETERAN Marist Brothers fast bowler Paul Milgate has come full circle and will play his second game of the season against Alstonville in a Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket one-dayer at Oakes Oval, Lismore, today.
Milgate has spent the past four years at Lennox Head but the seaside club was unable to field a team in the top grade this season.
The 48-year-old had one condition on returning to the club he last played for in the 1996-97 finals.
"I didn't want to take a young bloke's spot and keep them out of the team or anything like that," Milgate said.
"My dad is a life member at Marist Brothers and I'm in their team of the century, so there is a lot of family history at the club.
"The time I had at Lennox Head was great and I'm taking it slowly with Brothers."
Milgate played first-grade cricket for Balmain in the 1990s then had a stint with Easts in Brisbane.
He had a stellar season with Lennox Head last summer, taking more than 20 wickets to help lead the Pirates into the semi-finals.
Milgate is impressed with what he's seen at Brothers since his return and believes the one-day matches are a perfect way for him to get back in the swing of things.
"It's good to only be out in the field for half a day," he said.
"We have Steve (Prosser) who can bowl a lot of overs and always toils hard.
"Alstonville have some good batsmen like Steve Robb and Mitchell Pickford, so it should be a challenge.
"Terry Murphy is a big loss for them, but we'll just concentrate on playing what's in front of us."
IN OTHER GAMES:
Casino Cavaliers will look to bounce back from a rare loss when they host Pottsville at Queen Elizabeth Park.
Tintenbar-East Ballina will be itching to return to action after a washout last weekend when they travel to play Cudgen at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Workers Goonellabah face the unenviable task of lining up against the red-hot Ballina Bears at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
Byron Bay will make the trip north to Bilambil Oval to take on Terranora Lakes.