Nathan stumps birthday boy
EDGAR Wyvill celebrated his 37th birthday yesterday.
Not the way he hoped for though – his old mate Nathan Hauritz ensured that.
Wyvill had planned to spend the day at the Gabba watching Australia play the West Indies in the first Test.
That was until his former team-mate at Hervey Bay club Cavaliers had his say in Wyvill’s plans. The Test was all over on Saturday afternoon after Australia won the game by an innings and 65 runs.
It was a victory in which Hauritz, who spent a couple of seasons playing alongside Wyvill for Cavaliers, played a major role.
The 28-year-old off-spinner took five wickets in the match and scored his maiden 50, an impressive 50 not out.
While Wyvill, who still plays for the Cavaliers A grade team in the Fraser Coast Cricket competition, said he was impressed with the result and Hauritz’s performance, he said there were some little kids not feeling overjoyed about it.
“I’d say there are 55 junior cricketers feeling pretty disappointed but it’s not Nathan’s fault,” he said.
“Queensland Cricket had organised for them and a few coaches such as me to go down to the game on the fourth day – I wish it had been the third now,” he laughed.
“Some of the juniors were even going to play a game on the outfield during the lunch break as well.
“That’s sad but there is nothing you can do about it – that’s cricket.”
As for the game itself, Wyvill said it was great to see Hauritz performing so well.
“I thought he was well in the running to win man-of-the-match honours to be honest,” he said.
“An unbeaten 50 and match figures of 5 for 57 is a pretty handy effort in my books.
“It just shows how much Nathan has come along in the past 12 months or so – you can see what this run in the Australian team has done for his confidence.
“Long may it continue.”