West Coffs captain, Brad Greenshields taking up the challenge. Photo: BRUCETHOMAS04101940B
West Coffs captain, Brad Greenshields taking up the challenge. Photo: BRUCETHOMAS04101940B

The day I faced Warney



ON his way to becoming the world's greatest Test wicket-taker, Shane Warne has sent 71 batsmen back to the pavilion before they could register a run.

Add to that countless State cricketers in Pura Cup and ING cup matches and Warne is one of the king duck hunters of all time.

But when Warne came across West Coffs captain-coach Brad Greenshields in Melbourne first grade in 1993-94, he couldn't add to his duck tally.

Although Greenshields hardly took the spin-wizard to task, he was at least able to get off the mark.

But tragically, Greenshields' success was short-lived.

"I was a bit like a startled rabbit stuck in the headlights," Greenshields said. "He (Warne) knew what sort of batsman he had on strike, I think he just expected a wicket to come every ball."

For the first three balls, Warne had the current West Coffs first grade captain-coach in a bind. But the fourth delivery... success.

Greenshields whipped the greatest Test wicket-taker in the world off his pads, dissecting mid wicket and mid off.

"As soon as I hit it I took off like that rabbit in the headlights," he said.

"I have to say though, at that point I was thinking about (becoming) Test captain, endorsements, the super model wife, the whole thing."

But before the offers could come flooding in, Warne got his man, Greenshields' innings ending soon after when he played a top spinner back onto his stumps.

"It was the pinnacle of both our careers," Greenshields joked.



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