Boge ready to take on stars
CAPTAIN David Boge expects the Salter Oval wicket to carry a little extra sting when the Australian Cricketers' Association rolls into town this weekend.
The multi-premiership winning Brothers veteran will lead a hand-picked battalion of local cricketers into what is expected to be a heated battle against a squad of the team's former greats.
“There are some pretty formidable names on that list,” he said.
“When you read names like Kasprowicz and Bichel you tend to spare a thought for the batsmen.”
The ACA representative squad reads like a fantasy dream team compiled by a young fan with names like Michael Kasprowicz, Andy Bichel, Darren Lehmann and Jimmy Maher.
Boge said not even the Australian Test representatives would have been immune to the sands of time but was certain they would bring a formidable brand of cricket to Bundaberg.
“They might be a bit older and slower than they were in their physical prime but when you take the game to that level, that standard, I don't think you could ever really lose it,” he said.
The Bundaberg Invitational will be a mix-matched affair of seasoned veterans and fresh-faced mavericks of the local competition. The experience of old hands like Boge, Michael Ryan and Boyd Williams will be tempered by the vigour of rising youngsters Callum Stitt and Steven Grogan.
Boge will be relying heavily on opening bowlers Boyd Williams and Trent Prossliner to stem the damage from notorious heavy hitters like Greg Ritchie, Ryan Campbell and Greg Blewett.
“It's going to be crucial to try and control guys like that and Boyd and Trent are going to be our best shot,” he said.
Boge has urged anyone with a set of vocal chords to turn out in support of the BCA Invitational and cheer loudly.
“I've got a feeling we're going to need all the support we can get,” he said.
The Bundaberg Invitational will take on the Australian Cricketers' Association at Salter Oval 5pm on Friday. Tickets for a Sportsman's Dinner to be held at the Bundaberg RSL on Thursday night are available.