Gawthrop faces master of doosra

TORONTO Workers junior Matthew Gawthrop admitted he was guessing several times  when facing Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan.

Gawthrop’s ACT Comets played Big Bash League side the Melbourne Renegades in three trial matches on Tuesday and yesterday in Geelong and Essendon.

A  hamstring strain kept Gawthrop out of the first two games, but yesterday he faced the master of the doosra and managed eight  runs before being caught on the fence trying to slog him to cow corner.

‘‘There were a few where I wasn’t sure which way they were going, but it was a good contest,’’ Gawthrop said.

Ex-Belmont keeper Beau McClintock played in all three games, of which the Comets won the opener, and made three not out and 17 off 13 balls.

 ■  Merewether vice-captain Troy Goodwin will be the sole omission from the team’s fourth-round SCG Country Cup game on Sunday against Western Suburbs due to the wedding of Lions stalwart Neil Crittenden.

Crittenden and  his fiancee, Amanda Douglas, tried to plan their nuptials to avoid a clash with cricket but failed due to a delay in the  draw. 

 ■  Wallsend’s two greatest keepers, Kerry Thompson and Jason Bunt, made a rare appearance together in third grade’s win over Hamilton-Wickham last weekend.

Thompson played four Shield games for NSW and Bunt is a first-grade captain and premiership winner. Both played as batsmen while Brendon Frost  and Jordan Tselembis shared the gloves.

 ■  Players who sign up to the Newcastle Junior Cricket Association midweek T20 competition from February 13 can win tickets to Sydney Sixers Big Bash League games. Register at www.newcric.org.au

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