Don Bradman Cricket 17: Delight to Despair on Daughter’s Debut!


The tiny twirler tweaks the first victim of her career!

Admittedly 6 months old is probably a little early to send someone out onto the cricket field, so we’ll have to imagine that we’ve gone forward in time a bit. Based on my daughter’s physique and the way she turns her wrists, I’ve got her down for a bit of right-hand wrist spin bowling and a lower order right-handed bat, primarily a worker of ones and twos. If in real life she turns out to be a left-arm pace bowler and left-handed six-hitting bat who keeps wicket part-time then I’ll have been proved very wrong in my assumptions!

Anyway, she’s signed for Leeds and unlike my last career, following a few patches by Big Ant, she and her teammates will be up against the local opposition that I selected. That’s Hull, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Sheffield and York.

The little tweaker got the call-up to the Leeds side for the opening match of the season at home to York. Batting at number nine she made 7 runs before being caught behind down the leg side off their spinner. She was surprisingly thrust into action with the ball early in the piece, bowling the second over of the innings in the power play. After an economical start she was removed from the attack and not recalled until the 18th over which again was an economical affair. Aged just 19 and on debut, she was presented with the responsibility of bowling the final over with York requiring seven for victory. Two dot balls were followed by the little one’s first ever wicket, caught on the boundary at deep fine leg. She looked destined to be the hero on debut but with the batsman having crossed, the York player cut the next ball for four leaving the away side requiring three from two. My daughter then, possibly feeling the pressure, dragged the ball a little down the leg side and again, the ball was dispatched to the boundary as York sealed victory with just one delivery remaining. Her debut summed up the fluctuating emotions that an athlete experiences, the highs and lows of team sport. Despite the loss, I’m sure that she’ll be a better cricketer for the experience. Next up it’s Hull as the tiny twirler endeavours to achieve her dreams of representing Yorkshire and England.

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