Test paceman got lift off pitch at synthetic in carnival
AFTER a week of asking, I have an answer, this weekend's Condamine Sports Club Warwick Australia Day Cricket Carnival is the 47th.
With the assistance of past Warwick cricket official Bruce Ready, I have found out the first carnival was in 1972. Bruce has the program from the third carnival in 1974.
So 2021 will be the 50th, a chance for an even bigger celebration.
It was interesting to talk yesterday with Bruce Ready and Jason Tattam about the year Test paceman Carl Rackemann played in a carnival.
Bruce said Rackemann was part of Reg's Dalton's team from the Tweed/Gold Coast area when he was 19.
Both Jason and I have heard stories of when Rackemann bowled on the synthetic at Queens Park, the ball hit the pitch and flew over the keeper's head and fence.
Rackemann then bowled off a short run. Those were the days, each team batted for three hours 10 minutes, long before T20.
THE Warwick Golf Club has a two-person ambrose on Australia Day.
There will be prizes for the best dressed and from what I have seen in the past, there will be plenty of Australiana at the club.
Hit off at noon or if you must start early, 7am. Warwick Crime Stoppers has a day booked on March 14 as a fundraiser, a day they join with Warwick Sporters Golf Club to raise funds for a cause close to the heart of district residents.