HE BATTED for both sides, was the youngest cricketer by nearly half a ton on the pitch but was out to a bloke who’s nearly the same age as his grandfather.
That was yesterday – and just another day in the working life of a politician.
Or so it was for Adam Marshall, the youngest bloke in the NSW Parliament and the still-new Nationals member for the Northern Tablelands.
Mr Marshall had only just announced he was returning to the cricket pitch, after bowling himself out a few years ago and taking up umpire duties at the other end, when he padded up and poked his way out onto the paddock yesterday with some old bugger batters and bowlers.
Mr Marshall edged around for two of his home teams in the Northern NSW Under-60s veterans’ series being played in Armidale this week.
He might have hooked one shot for a boundary and made 20 not out in five overs for one side, but when he took guard for the other UNEX side, he hit three boundaries.
However, on 12 he watched one of those Warney-like flippers from Phil Allen crash into his middle peg.
Mr Marshall wasn’t so much embarrassed as bemused.
“For the record, his name was Phil Allen and I’m not sure of his actual age, but he was easily the oldest gentleman participating in the match,” he said later.
“In my defence, I was just throwing the bat at everything, but the scorebook doesn’t lie!
“He might be 70 and it might have made his day – but it made mine, too.”
The week-long sports event is a tourism boon for a city that has a population profile often more about the younger Generation Y folk and the university students who make up a massive part of the city.
More than 120 veterans are in town for the carnival, bringing with them about $500,000 in tourist dollars.