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Junior sends Healy packing

Ian Healy wasn’t short of fans both big and small during his tour with the Wanderers Cricket Club in Blackwater.
Ian Healy wasn’t short of fans both big and small during his tour with the Wanderers Cricket Club in Blackwater.

DAMIEN Rogers is no first-class cricketer but he certainly knows how to take them out.

The Blackwater Bilbies youngster took one of the more memorable catches of his relatively short career to dismiss former Australian Test wicket keeper Ian Healy for just 10 runs.

Healy opened the batting for the Wanderers Cricket Club in their one-off 50 over match against Blackwater at the Hunter Street Sports Complex last week.

The Wanderers are a Brisbane-based cricket side made up of past and present first-class cricketers who tour annually to country clubs around the state, promoting and developing the game they love.

The Wanderers’ visitors set a solid benchmark with a solid 193 runs for their first innings score.

Blackwater’s Reg Parker did the damage with the ball taking 2-28, together with the handy pace of Nev Suell who claimed the handy wicket of Healy and finished with final figures of 2-42.

In reply Blackwater could reach just 162 runs before they were all bowled out.

Grant Collins held the early Blackwater batting partnership together adding no less than 70 runs to his name before he was caught and bowled.

True to his reputation, Healy proved as potent as ever, taking two stumpings from behind the wickets with Suell and Al Hannah the unfortunate victims.

Blackwater team captain Rodney Rogers had nothing but praise for the Australian wicket keeping legend.

“He’s actually a really nice bloke,” Rogers said.

“He’s down to earth and not stuck-up at all. He stayed on for a chat and even went over to the school fete for a while afterwards.”


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