Paul Milgate fires one down for Marist Brothers last Saturday in their win over Workers Goonellabah at Oakes Oval, Lismore.DOUG EATON
Paul Milgate fires one down for Marist Brothers last Saturday in their win over Workers Goonellabah at Oakes Oval, Lismore.DOUG EATON Doug Eaton

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.



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