Warwick batsman hits 50 in pollies match at the SCG
CRICKET: What do the KO Masters Cricket Ground at Allora and Sydney Cricket Ground have in common?
They are the two grounds on which Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud has hit half centuries this year.
Littleproud top scored with 50 not out for the Federal XI in a 71-run win against a New South Wales Parliamentary team on Tuesday after making 65 for Inglewood against Rascals at Allora last month. The Federal XI was captained by Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack. Batsmen have to retire when they reach 50 so Littleproud had no chance of a hundred.
The Warwick-based Federal member hit a six and a few fours during his innings. His six into the O'Reilly Stand was off the bowling of Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) member Paul Green MLC.
"It was surreal to be in the dressing rooms and walk out onto the Sydney Cricket Ground,” he said.
"I paid all my own air fares and accommodation to the game and was delighted to play in the first game between the two parliamentary teams for eight years.
"It is good to get the members from different parliaments and different parties together,” he said.
But it wasn't without cost.
Littleproud has a slight hamstring strain and an appointment with a chiropractor in Warwick at 7.30am tomorrow.
Without a spare fieldsman in the Federal XI, Littleproud admits he hobbled about in the field chasing a few balls after he was injured when his side batted first. He played at the SCG on Tuesday and was in Canberra Wednesday and yesterday, so the injury is not interfering with his parliamentary role.
He is keen to be fit for the politicians vs press game in Canberra on February 12.
Littleproud has a batting average of 115 this season but said he didn't expect to maintain it against a classy press team.
"The pollies haven't won in years,” he said.
But there are a few with cricket experience in the likely parliamentary team, including McCormack, Darren Chester and bowler Matt Canavan.
"Greens leader Richard Di Natale is a really handy cricketer,” Littleproud said.
"The politicians get first crack at the team and then staffers so I hope to make the team.”