By Shane Jones
The Waves’ Sean Stuchbery might be retired from full-time Division 1 Bundaberg cricket but he still knows how to scare rival teams’ bowling line-ups when he does occasionally play.
Stuchbery turned back the clock to almost lead The Waves to a win in the first game of the new season, the T20 Tallon-Giles competition, at Kendalls Flat.
Facing Norths, The Waves ran into trouble early, losing 4/30 as it tried to chase down Norths 5/155.
Stuchbery, with the teams’ backs to the wall, came in and blasted Norths all around the park to smash 75 from 26 deliveries to put the side right back into the contest.
But it wasn’t enough as he got runout late in the innings and the team fell 13 runs short.
“We missed one over with about four overs to go that went for not many and we needed to consistently score six an over and we missed that over,” Stuchbery said.
“That put more pressure on us.”
Stuchbery said he was only meant to fill in when needed and admitted he wasn’t feeling too good after the game due to the heat.
“The plan was to only fill in if needed, but I didn’t expect to be put in that position,” he said.
“Hopefully I don’t have to do that every week.”
He also said playing again was good to help him guide the next generation of juniors through.
Stuchbery batted with Kori Pope during the contest, with his son Sam also involved.
But The Waves, the defending premier, heads into this week with a 0-2 record after losing to Easts in the game after.
The team will now face Brothers this week, who are also winless, at 11am at Kendalls Flat tomorrow before taking on Norths for the second time in two weeks at 2pm.