The bionic man

By MITCHELL DALE

DON'T worry about trying to recite lines from the Six Million Dollar Man to Diggers Ex-Services off-spinner Leigh Mauger... he's heard them all before.

Mauger can't escape quips about his namesake, Lee Majors, who carved out a television career as a NASA test pilot who survived a near fatal crash and was reconstructed by scientists for $6 million.

"Yeah, all that bionic man stuff, I have heard the lot," Mauger says.

"I don't really understand the jokes though, because I have never seen the show, I'm a bit young.

"I just smile and say yeah."

However, Mauger wasn't wearing too much of a smile after his first game in Coffs Harbour this season, after moving from Darwin in April.

"It was an interesting first grade debut," he said.

"My first ball went for six and I ended up with 2-140, which are my biggest ever bowling figures."

At the time, Diggers captain Steve Meakins said Mauger's figures would increase dramatically throughout the season.

Meakins was right.

Things have steadily improved for the 22-year-old offie, who almost bowled his side to an improbable victory over Sawtell at Brelsford Park last weekend, taking an impressive 5-38.

"It was nice to take five wickets, but it was a bit disappointing not to take one more wicket for the win," he said.

Mauger is certain he has found the right club to play for in Diggers.

"They are a great bunch of guys, most of them don't mind a beer either which is good," he said.

"When I first went to training I told them I wanted to play cricket and have a beer.

"They said I went to the right club and I think I did.

"Hopefully we can start winning a few games and make the finals."

Coming from Darwin, the recent heatwave to hit the Coffs Coast hasn't bothered Mauger either.

"I've been walking around with a big smile on my face."



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