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BOWLED OVER BY CRICKET GREAT

29 December 2016

About the closest I’ve ever come to the GABBA or any cricket pitch for that matter is tucking into a steak at the nearby Norman Hotel.

So when I was told we would be hosting a lunch at the airport for one of the all-time cricket greats it was a case of Sir Garfield who?!

Centuries, wickets, bouncers, overs, ducks certainly weren’t words I was familiar with. Let alone cricket royalty the likes of Sir Garfield Sobers.

But it was my sports-mad boyfriend/cricket tragic who assured me this former West Indian cricket player, was probably the best all-rounder the game has ever seen.

Upon meeting the man, who mind you took part in 93 Test matches, scored 26 Test centuries, took 235 Test wickets and retired with a batting average of 57.78….it was hard not to be a little awestruck.

Escorting the spirited 80-year-old cricket immortal to a packed media conference he graciously knocked back the offer of a glass of water instead asking if there was any scotch in the house!

Passionate and eloquent with a great sense of humour and humility, Sobers, was joined on stage at the packed Longest Over lunch by former Australian test cricketer Dean Jones and Nine news sports presenter Sam Squiers.

I still haven’t made it to a match but with the Pakistan vs Australia Test underway at the GABBA this week, I wouldn’t knock back the chance to see the baggy greens in action!

Karen McKinley is the media and communications manager at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport. She is a former TV, newspaper and magazine reporter who loves food, travel, Van Morrison and now cricket!

 

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