Sons of guns
SOME of Australian cricket's best known names are set to grace the hallowed turf of Oakes Oval, Lismore, as the NSW Under-19s take on Queensland in a series of games from November 24 to 26.
The sons of former Australian coach John Buchanan, Test fast bowler Craig McDermott and Queensland quick Dirk Tazelaar have been selected to play for the Queensland Under-19s.
Nicholas Buchanan is an all-rounder who has also represented Australia in schoolboys rugby union this year.
Like his father, Alister McDermott is a fast bowler, who has already won himself a contract with the Queensland Bulls.
Andrew Tazelaar is a batting all-rounder and, to take the family connections a little further, Chris Sabburg, a cousin of former Australian fast bowler Andrew Bichel, has also been included in the Queensland team to play in Lismore
On the other side of the ledger, NSW has named 17-year-old Josh Hazlewood, who hit the head-lines this week after he was called into the New South Wales senior team for the match against the touring Kiwis.
It's one of those 'six degrees of separation' stories that is set to ignite interest in the games at Oakes Oval which will include a Twenty20 match under lights on November 24, a 60-over match on November 25 and a 50-over match on November 26.
It is a major coup for the Lismore District Cricket Association (LDCA) to secure two of Australia's best Under-19 teams as part of their preparation for the national championship in Newcastle from December 8 to 17.
LDCA assistant secretary Norm Ryder is hoping big crowds will turn up to watch the matches, with the cost of admission only a gold coin donation.
“The games were allotted to the North Coast earlier in the season and a group from the Lismore District Cricket Association put their hands up to run it,” he said.
“The Twenty20 game at Oakes Oval on Monday night will be for a gold coin donation and, once we have paid for the lights, the rest will go to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
“I'm going to be distributing placards around the place over the next couple of days and we hope to get at least 1000 people along on the Monday night.”
Seeing Hazlewood should alone be worth the cost of admission.
The teenage quick opened the bowling for the Blues yesterday on the first day of their tour match against the Kiwis and took the wicket of Aaron Redmond in his third over.
He comes from the tiny town of Bendemeer, population 220.