My parents had come to visit over the Christmas break and while they were visiting I thought it’d be nice if I took my father and my son to the cricket. Over the years Dad and I had attended many one-day games, but Ethan hadn’t experienced live cricket. We chose a T20 BBL game in Sydney.
Ethan had been watching the Aussies win the Ashes and could regularly name many of the players, so as game day arrived he was naturally excited. It was his personal goal to catch the ball as it was hit over the fence. Arriving at the ground early we were pleased with our seats which near the fence and in a good position for straight drive "6".
The Sydney Thunder was playing the Brisbane Heat and while the ‘Thunder” hadn’t been playing well we were optimistic for a good result. The game started with plenty of crowd participation and the Thunder were fielding and bowling well. Ethan’s smile and excitement was worth admission and on one particular occasion the ball whistled over our head for a 6. Try as we might, we just couldn't get our hands on the ball.
The “Heat” managed a score of 165 which was an achievable score for the “Thunder” and they started the run chase well, but true to form they quickly faded and when Mike Hussey was given out the writing was on the wall. Thankfully for us, the prospect of hitting one of the many beach balls that get thrown around the arena kept Ethan entertained as the cricket was going from bad to worse. The “Thunder” could only manage a dismal 117 all out.
Unfortunately the result wasn’t our way but the cricket was a lot of fun and a great bonding session of 3 generations for the Bere’s.