Local cricket’s latest innovation is... Keeper cam!
WHEN Shane Warne was allegedly heard describing the talents of a Test debutante with the words “can’t bowl, can’t throw” in 1999, it triggered a wave of criticism. In the end, a Channel 9 staffer known as “Joe the cameraman” took the fall, claiming it was his voice, not Warney’s, that was caught by a microphone nearby.
Well there’s no disputing who was behind the camera at Friday’s T20 Drought relief match at Dubbo’s Victoria Park No.1 Oval. Newtown all-rounder Mat Skinner may be referred to lovingly by his mates as being unable to bat or bowl, but from now on he will be known as “Mat the cameraman”!
In a light-hearted match between a Dubbo team and the Sydney Cricket Ground SCG XI featuring Test legend Glenn Mcgrath and “the two Stu’s” – leg-spinner Mcgill and fast bowler Clark – Mat wandered out to capture all the action for the local cricket club’s social media. He may have even captured some on-field sledging!
Batsman Stuart Naden was keen to impress while the SCG keeper seems unfazed by the presence of the happy-snapping “Mat the cameraman”!
THEY say cricket is the statistician’s dream. The game of aggregates and averages; of time spent in the middle; of balls faced; of boundaries plundered and wickets plied; of partnerships and records.
Well none of that mattered last Friday night at No.1 Oval as Narromine’s favourite son, Glenn Mcgrath, introduced fellow Test and One Day players Stuart Mcgill and Stu Clark to the locals.
The three bowlers, who have claimed multiple hundreds of wickets between them, turned back time as part of an SCG XI who challenged the best of Dubbo in an event promoted to Buy A Bale and ease the horrors of our worst drought in over a century.
Andrew “Bobcat” Ryan showed he’s not just a one sport wonder in a return to the ground he had played on many times in his rugby league formative years.
Our cover photo and these action shots reflect the relaxed and convivial atmosphere in which the scoreboard didn’t matter – but Dubbo won.
Just for the record! in the right place to capture dear, the camera man is
Oh drive. Out stumped! Stuart Naden’s ill-timed Mcdean loses his stumps! Western Zone skipper Mitch Bower Fielding close to the boundary, Stuart Mcgill gladly accepted a refreshing drink from a spectator nearby. by Dubbo batsman was saved All is not as it seems. This ball”! an umpire’s belated “no
SCG all-rounder Nick Govers lets fly The players lined up for a joint team portrait The umpire turned down this appeal Plenty of excellent fielding during the evening