Brady's day of dreams
GROWING up watching the likes of Andy Bichel and Michael Kasprowicz, Gympie cricketer Steven Brady could never have imagined he would receive the chance to bat against them.
But that dream became a reality on Sunday as Brady opened the batting for the Gympie All Stars against the visiting ACA Masters Tour team.
Brady went on a rampage with the bat, sending the crowd into a frenzy as he propelled Gympie to victory with a glorious 80 runs.
The talented batsman was still coming down from the high of the excitement yesterday.
“I celebrated with some mates last night and the whole thing just feels like a dream,” he said.
“I’m still on a high to be honest and it feels great.”
Brady’s monster haul included numerous boundaries and one giant six, which landed on the second lane of the Bruce Highway. The ball landed inches from an oncoming car.
“I’ve never hit a six on the highway before, so that was a great shot,” he said.
“I just used the pace and it was right in the slot for me to have a crack.”
Earlier in the week, Brady endured a few sleepless nights in anticipation of the weekend.
“I was looking forward to Sunday so much because it was such a rare opportunity.
“To be on the same field as these players with such big careers is just something you can’t do every day,” he said.
Come match day, nerves hit Brady as he walked out to the middle of Albert Park in front of a vocal home crowd.
“I just wanted to score a few runs but once I got off the mark and hit my first six, I really settled down,” he said.
Still basking in the glory of his outstanding performance against Australian cricket royalty, Brady said it’s a story he will one day tell his grandkids.
“To be able to say I hit Andy Bichel for a six on to the Bruce Highway at Albert Park is pretty special,” he said.