Local leaves impression on Ponting
ASHLEY Renouf made a real impression on Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting in Brisbane – a painful one at that.
The 25-year-old Maryborough police officer, a fast bowler, hit Ponting in the groin while he was being used as net bowler at the Gabba the day before the first Test against the West Indies started.
Renouf had been invited down to Brisbane for the experience of a lifetime by Queensland Cricket – it was an experience Ponting didn’t enjoy though.
“You could say that he was cursing a bit for a while,” Renouf, a member of the Queensland team that won the 2009 Imparja Cup, the national indigenous cricket championship, said.
“But his reaction was no different to that of any other batsmen who cop a blow there – it’s not pleasant I can tell you.”
Apart from bowling to Ponting, Renouf also fired down deliveries to other Australian batsmen including Simon Katich and Mike Hussey.
The opportunity to bowl to some of the biggest stars in the game today couldn’t have happened at a better time for Renouf.
He will be on representative duty in Townsville this weekend.
Renouf, who plays his club cricket for Past Grammars in the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade competition, and Hervey Bay’s Shane Muller will be playing for South Queensland Country in the Queensland Country selection showdown against North Queensland.
A team to play in the Australian Country Championships will be selected after the game.
Muller and Renouf got the chance to showcase their talents after helping Wide Bay win the South Queensland Country Championships for the first time in nine seasons last month.
Renouf, took eight wickets in the two one day games – the most taken by a bowler from any of the four teams contesting the championships.
Not surprsingly, he said he hoping to carry on in that form in this game.
“That would be great,” he said.
“They (his deliveries) came out good then and I’ve been bowling alright in the club games since then – I haven’t had a lot of luck though.
“Hopefully that might change in Townsville.”
On the local scene, three games will be played in the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade competition today. Australs play Cavaliers at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval, Past Grammars take on the Mariners at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval and Bushrangers clash with the Coastal Cougars at Torquay’s N .E. McLean Oval. All games start at 12.30pm.