Mr Cricket hits out on way to nail-biting tie

The unmistakeable figure of a concentrating Mike Hussey during his Twenty20 innings for Wanneroo at the weekend. Picture: Justin Bianchini.
The unmistakeable figure of a concentrating Mike Hussey during his Twenty20 innings for Wanneroo at the weekend. Picture: Justin Bianchini.

Decorated retired Test batsman Mike Hussey was on 29.

Scarborough wanted him out leg before wicket; a prized scalp to continue a Wanneroo mini batting collapse.

The umpire shook his head.

A boy on the boundary suggested to his mates ” possibly the next generation of first class cricketers ” it would be too ‘controversial’ to give Huss out that way.

But a six ” straight back over the bowler’s head ” and 18 runs later, the umpire proved there was no sentiment in the game, judging Mr Cricket LBW to former Roo Anthony Del Borrello for 47 (off 30 balls).

This was Hussey’s last innings for Wanneroo before taking up his commitment with Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League.

He and Scarborough’s Jeremy Boyle topped the scoring with 47, the latter being stranded on 47 not out (off 31 balls) when the game was dramatically tied 150 runs a piece at the end of 40 overs.

And that was the day Mike Hussey returned to Abbett Park to give something back to the game.

‘The fact that he does this is fantastic,’ the groundsman was heard to say.