Clarence trio chase SCG dream
IT IS every young cricketer’s dream – to play on the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground.
For three Clarence valley cricketers, Brad Chard, Lewis Chevalley and Liam Johnson, that dream will become a reality when they represent North Coast against the best Sydney has to offer on February 14.
The cricketing trio were part of the successful under-16 North Coast side that last Friday won the Bradman Cup, for NSW Country zones, in Wollongong, and as a reward they will face the winner of the AW Green Shield.
It is the same path taken by Adam Gilchrist, Phillip Hughes and Phil Jaques, who all went on to wear the baggy green.
North Coast defeated Riverina, Illawarra and Central Coast in the round games of the Bradman Cup before taking out the final against Central North.
Chard was one of North Coast’s best bowlers, producing spells of 2-10 against Riverina and 3-27 against Illawarra.
Both Chard and Chevalley said the standard of cricket at the carnival was top-shelf.
“There were some good cricket players at the carnival, especially the fast bowlers,” Chevalley said.
Chard said: “The final was really intense. I played in the final last year and lost but it was great to win this year.”
Chevalley, a fast bowler who possesses a lethal inswinging yorker, and Chard, who preys on anything short, play for Coutts Crossing in the Premier League competition and both agree playing against seasoned campaigners is good for their cricket development.
“It’s a good experience, but sometimes facing the quicks is a bit of a worry,” Chevalley said.
“We (Coutts) have a good team spirit and we have a lot of fun even though we haven’t won a game this season,” Chard said.
Chard and Chevalley admitted they had never set foot inside the Sydney Cricket Ground but can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about.
“We thought we might have been able to watch the Sydney Test on Monday but we had to train in the wet at Wollongong ... it was a missed opportunity,” a disappointed Chard said.
It was refreshing to hear that both young guns prefer test matches to the shortened game, although their game at the SCG will be a twenty20 match.
“I like test matches more than twenty20, there’s more opportunity to settle in,” Chevally said.
Asked if they have ever played against each other, both had different versions of their encounters.
“I played against Lewis in a school game and completely dominated him,” laughs Chard
“I don’t think so,” Chevalley replied. “He tried to bounce me all the time but I handled it ... no worries.”