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Trevor Chappell on being hit through the sightscreen and other delights
Interview by Vishal Dikshit
November 9, 2013
One of the first catches I can remember was not quite a catch. It was a fielding accident I had at the start of the second season of grade cricket I played. I was on the boundary and this guy called Peter Sincock was bowling - the brother of David Sincock, who played for Australia in the '60s. He bowled a full toss, which the batsman, a left-hander, hit up just behind square leg and towards deep midwicket. I was running in to catch it and we had a substitute fielder on, who was fielding for Ian [Chappell]. He was running back and we crashed. We both got to a point where we had to dive to get to the ball. We smashed our heads together and broke our noses. I can remember up to the point when I dived forward. I don't remember after that for quite a few minutes.
First time I was praised on the field
It was for a catch I took for New South Wales against Western Australia in the Shield final in 1982-83. I took quite a good catch to get Graeme Wood out right at the start of the second innings for nought. And then I threw the ball up and it went miles away and I was running after the ball and everybody was running after me, yelling and screaming, "Son, come back."
First memory of Lord's
There was an awkward way to get out onto the ground from the change room. It was very easy to get lost, and quite often new players did get lost because you had to come down the stairs and then through the Long Room and out the front door. If you didn't quite know where to go, it was very easy to go the wrong way.
First embarrassing moment on the field
Apart from the underarm incident, I remember bowling to Viv Richards at the SCG when West Indies were playing New South Wales. The wicket was right on the members' side of the square and the sightscreen didn't quite go far enough, so they put an extra piece of canvas up there and Viv hit one ball that went straight through the canvas. It was pretty embarrassing to get hit through the sightscreen.
First cricket hero
I think Keith Miller. My father also loved Keith - he was born in the same year as Keith - and Ian always loved Keith as a cricketer and for being an allrounder, being a flamboyant hero, which he was for a lot of young Australian lads right through the 1950s, '60s, '70s.
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