Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy is bound for Blackwater later this month.
Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy is bound for Blackwater later this month.

Healy hones in on Wanderers clash

BLACKWATER cricketers are sharpening their skills ahead of the arrival of former Australian Test wicketkeeper Ian Healy on Thursday, August 25.

The cricketing legend, who originally hails from Biloela, will tour Central Queensland with the Wanderers Cricket Club as part of their annual pilgrimage to country clubs around the state.

Blackwater’s Rodney Rogers will lead the local boys in a 50-over clash against the Wanderers and said while it was a tremendous honour to have the likes of Healy in their company, he would leave celebrity grilling for his fellow players.

“I think I’m a bit past that but I’m sure some of the other boys will be (asking the questions),” Rogers said.

Healy could not be contacted by the Central Queensland News and Central Queensland’s Regional Cricket manager Mark Dingle could not shed any light on Healy’s playing plans for Blackwater but he said it was definitely on the cards, given his close relationship with cricket in the region.

The Wanderers are a Queensland-based cricket side made up of past and present first-class cricketers, coaches and up-and-coming metropolitan divisional players who tour annually with the backing of Queensland Cricket.

Rogers said Healy’s appearance with the Wanderers side would go some way to healing the wounds left by their last visiting Australian cricket representative, former fast bowler Carl Rackemann.

“Years ago when Carl visited Blackwater, I remember my brother saying that he still had quite a bit of pace left in him,” Rogers said.

While Rogers could not confirm whether Healy would join the playing ranks he said one thing was certain, the Blackwater squad’s would be ready.

“I’m not real sure (whether Healy will play), it depends on the day,” Rogers said.

It was understood Healy would join Queensland Bulls cricketers for a coaching clinic which would focus on skills and drills for the juniors.

The clinic will start at 9am at the Hunter Street Sporting Complex before the main game at 10am on Thursday, August 25. Following his short stay in Blackwater, Dingle said Healy would head south to Taroom for the next leg of the Wanderers tour of Central Queensland.


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