TWO rising young cricketing stars from rural Queensland in the Nudgee College First XI have tested their mettle against some of the sports greats in a 'friendly' at the Brisbane school recently.
Texas teen and Nudgee captain Nick Smith and James Stoodley, of Cairns, were among the school's premier players to take on a Queensland 'all-star' side consisting of old boys Jimmy Maher, Brendan Nash, Glenn Batticciotto, Dominic Michael and Corey Barsby and parents Brian McFadyen, Andy Bichel, Stuart Law and Wade Seccombe.
The 20-20 clash was intended as a welcome to the GPS cricket season, with the all-star squad showing that age has not wearied their skill or enthusiasm for the game.
The All Star XI posted 221 off 20 overs, and after a tough start, the Nudgee First XI replied with 188.
Director of cricket Brody Grogan said it was great to see so many accomplished players take the field alongside the school's current crop of cricketers. After the game, old boy Nathan Hauritz was announced as the first inductee into the Nudgee College Cricket Walk of Fame. The walk is an initiative to honour the college's impressive cricket legacy and its stature as a nursery of the sport's developing players of the future.