One for the record books
By GREG WHITE
WHEN Diggers Ex-Services second grade bowler Brendan Murphy left Sawtell's Richardson Park at the end of his regulation six overs last weekend, he needed a reminder of the feat he'd just achieved.
By chance, Coffs Coast Advocate photographer Trevor Veale arrived at the ground to record the last wicket 16-year-old Brendan took in his spell against Sawtell and after checking the scorer's book, brought him confirmation.
"Six overs, six wickets for six runs," he said proudly.
"I took a wicket in every over and remember what happened each time."
Victim number one was former team-mate from junior days, Dave McCormack.
"Dave was clean bowled but the next two were taken in slips catches that were screamers," he said.
"Mick Nealand had to get right across to collect his but the one Drew Kadwell took was a ripper.
"It bounced off his head and was pretty funny."
In consecutive overs Michael Hendry and Tim Davis had their stumps re-arranged by Brendan before the opportunity for the mythical 'sixfa' arrived.
"It was some older bloke," Brendan said of victim number six.
"He came and went so quickly I didn't get his name."
Under the age rules his spell with the ball was all done but Brendan later returned to the crease with bat in hand.
"Given out by a shocking decision," he said, speaking like a true batsman.
"I belted 16 including a six before the umpire called leg before.
"Could've left me there with only four balls left in the day and we'd already won on the first innings."
Brendan puts his good early season form down to a winter toughening up with the Orara Valley Tomahawks who won the under-16 junior league grand final.
"Football made me a lot fitter and winning the premiership made me really keen for my cricket," he said.
But there are no thoughts of an elevation to first grade just yet.
"A bit early to be talking promotion after one good afternoon.
"There's a whole summer to take plenty of wickets and besides, I want to work on my batting.
"I bat at six, seven or eight at the moment and would love to be promoted up the order."