What a Test it was! The Aussies go one up at the Gabba in the Ashes with captain Steve Smith scoring an extraordinary unbeaten ton.
But young Goondiwindi cricket fan, Hamish Wood, will probably remember none of that.
Instead he'll remember the day he hit a six at the Gabba and sconed a member of the Barmy Army.
And showing the good humor that the Barmy Army is renowned for, they them “sledged” one of their own who’d been on the phone, “Watch what you’re doing….”.
The Goondiwindi Junior Cricket Assoctation sent two teams of in2CRICKET (Prep and Grade 1) and two teams of T20 (Grade 2-6) to the Gabba on the third day of the first Ashes’ Test.
They played on the field during the lunchtime entertainment.
The Goondiwindi in2CRICKETers (littlest ones) were asked to stay on field and form a guard of honour for the Australian and English teams walking back onto the field after the lunch break.
While all the players interacted with the kids the English wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow stopped and chatted with a group of kids for a while, shook hands and gave them all high fives. “Much to the delight of our kids,” parent Susie Kelly said.
What they said:
“What was your favourite part of going to the cricket?”
Toby Gall, aged 10: “Steve Smith getting a hundred and lots of fours.”
Sarah Walker age 5: “My favourite part was seeing the Captain, Smith. I wanted him to get a million.”
Ruby Walker age 8: “My favourite part was playing out on the field.”
While all the players interacted with the kids the English wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow stopped and chatted with a group of kids for a while, shook hands and gave them all high fives. Much to the delight of our kids.Parent Susie Kelly
Ally Walker age 6: “Playing the games out on the field for my first time.”
Conner Walker age 10: “Getting my hat signed by Bancroft and Handscomb.”
Fred Carrigan age 7: “Running onto the field, doing the Mexican wave and cheering on Smith for his 100 runs.”
Arch Carrigan age 6: “I loved all of it especially clapping on the Australian Batsman and England.”
Wally Campion age 8 : “ I loved seeing and cheering on Steve Smith when he got 100. I loved the slushies.”
Katie Campion age 7: “ My favourite part was playing on the field and I was on TV.”
Hugo Woods: “ I loved it. Loved playing on the field. Australia has an awesome team.”
Hamish Woods: “ My best part was when I hit the ball into the crowd and it hit someone on the head...Pretty sure it was an English supporter.”