All-rounder takes care of business
WHEN Nick Ada’s name pops up in conversation the word ‘class’ invariably follows.
The talented all-rounder from Easts can turn a match with his sublime stroke play or his troublesome right-arm seamers.
Tonight at McKittrick Park, Ada will be a key figure as his side aims to win their first night competition final against Harwood.
A thoughtful cricketer with a good cricket brain, Easts’ go-to man is also keen to make his mark in the corporate world.
“I’ve been doing a double-degree in Bachelor of Business and Economics at Armidale and have two more units to complete in Economics,” Ada said.
“I finish the course at the end of the year and will probably move down to the big smoke (Sydney).
“To be perfectly honest I’m not sure what’s out there. I’ll see what happens and try to get my foot in the door somewhere.”
Ada, who is likely to take the new ball and bat at the all-important number three position, says he considers himself a bowling all-rounder.
“I’m definitely a bowling all-rounder and will probably bat at three which I have done all season in the night competition,” he said.
“I also usually open the bowling with Spiesy (Adam Spies).”
It’s no secret Easts rely heavily on their big guns Ada and former captain Doug Harris. But when the question arose, Ada was quick to quash any suggestions Easts were a two-man team.
“We have a good team in the night competition and we definitely don’t rely on one or two players,” he said.
“We have a few outsiders coming in and Adam (Spies) is a very underrated bowler.
“Kyle Masters has been opening the batting for us and he’s up there with the highest run-scorers.”
For the Easts club, winning tonight’s final will go a long way to erasing a poor season in the Premier League. But with a renewed confidence filtering through the side, Harwood could be in for a mammoth fight.
“We seem to have a different mentality in the 30-over game, not knowing we have to bat out 50 or 80 overs,” Ada said.
“I didn’t play against Harwood last time and the boys won and if we can get a couple of their old heads out early we should be right.”
And who does Ada nominate as Easts’ danger man?
Harwood’s opening batsman Geoff Simmons.
“Geoff is one of the best bats in the competition so it’s vital for us to get him out early,” Ada said.
“Their left-hander Mark Ensbey is also a player who can do a lot of damage.”
For Ada and his Easts’ teammates victory in tonight’s clash against Harwood would be a perfect way to end their season.
But Harwood will be doing everything to negate the classy all-rounder’s impact on the game.