Greg West has been congratulated by the NSW Blues representative he replaced as the Belmont-born bowler claimed two wickets in his Sheffield Shield debut at the SCG on Friday.
The 24-year-old was sent best wishes from experienced state seamer Trent Copeland, who was released from playing duties this week to take up a commentary position with the Seven Network during the current Test series.
West relished the call-up to the first XI and finished with 2-66 from 19 overs against South Australia after being presented with his Blues cap by fellow left-armer Doug Bollinger.
“Congratulations Westy,” Copeland posted on social media. “A lot of hard work gone into this and who better to have your cap presented to you by than another wild lefty ... Dougy.”
West, who played first grade in Newcastle for both Belmont and City, had figures of 2-0 early in proceedings after having both Conor McInerney and Kelvin Smith caught behind in quick succession.
Fellow Novocastrian Jason Sangha (1-23) also struck during day one. The Redbacks were 5-315 at stumps.