Blues players set for Wayne Richards opening


ANOTHER one of those unique vintage cricket regulations has been discovered to assist with finishing the games on time. According to the Official Carnival Guide, the respective laws regarding wides are to be applied by the umpires with leniency as strict interpretation could lengthen some overs beyond cricketing recognition. Unfortunately for batsmen, there are no regulations preventing LBWs or ducks, or a combination of both.


THE Rabbit was lucky enough to be the first media person in Australia to talk to Macksville’s Phillip Hughes on the day he was officially named in the Aussie Test team to tour South Africa in 2009. He was just 20 at the time, but showed great maturity for his age. Hughes went on to win the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year Award and on Monday night took out the State Player of the Year title. Hughes has had a rollercoaster career so far but continues to work hard and back himself and his ability. However, it’s pleasing to see that he remains humble about his achievements and the Rabbit is predicting that one day he’ll captain the national side.


OVER the years the consumption of alcohol by players at local cricket matches has been frowned upon, particularly when there are young blokes around, as it doesn’t set a great example. There’s also the concern for the health and safety of those players who sneak in a couple of sips during a game rather than wait until after their on-field commitments are completed. Smokers are now in the firing line, because as of January 7, the NSW Government amended the Smoke-Free Environment Act which means you can no longer light up at public sports grounds, particularly where spectators gather. Council rangers can enforce this new regulation, with the potential to dish out a fine of $550.


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