FOR two summers she was a passionate NSW Country Bush Breaker who starred with the bat and gloves, but this year’s Australian Country Cricket Championships were a very different experience for Bathurst’s Bec Cady.
Instead of standing behind the stumps for NSW Country and trying to fire in its top order, Cady was dressed in the red of South Australia Country and covered a wide range of fielding positions.
It was a “disappointing miscommunication” which led the talented cricketer to play for a different state at the Shepparton-hosted tournament.
The confusion arose after she played two Statewide Super Women’s Twenty20 games for South Australian club Sturt. Though she had obtained a clearance, NSW Country officials though she was not eligible for selection in their outfit.
Still, as it panned out, Cady’s talents led to her taking part in the annual event.
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When South Australia heard a player who was named in the Australian Country XI honours team the last two seasons was available, they quickly offered Cady a spot in their outfit.
“They thought I was living in South Australia even though I got clearance to play – it was just a big debacle. But I put that out of my head and I’m happy to be playing,” Cady said.
“It was a bit of a shock call up [for South Australia], it was good though, I’ve enjoyed it.
“I got told on the Tuesday and flew out on Thursday. It was a pretty quick turnaround and not much preparation went into it. But I think it was much better to be honest rather than having that waiting time to think about it.”
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Cady still opened the batting for South Australia, the team ranking sixth after the completion of its five Twenty20 round games.
However, she did not don the gloves. Instead she filled a host of different fielding positions as part of her new cricketing focus.
“This year I kind of wanted to hit the ground running to try and make myself more of an all-round player. Obviously it is very tough to get a keeping spot in a high performance team, but if you are a good fielder that will show,” she said.