Backing Generation Next

Off drive: Sam Mattey donned the creams for the Mid North team at the SACA Country Cricket Carnival. Photo: Peter Argent.
Off drive: Sam Mattey donned the creams for the Mid North team at the SACA Country Cricket Carnival. Photo: Peter Argent.

It is sometimes not easy being the son of a “Bush Bradman”.

Peter Mattey, the Terowie batting master, played two years’ of SACA first grade (then called A grade) for East Torrens in the early 1970s.  

Mattey regularly put country bowlers to the sword across a couple of decades, compiling many centuries and playing in the early years of the SA Outbacks during the 1980s.  

His son, Sam is a district cricketer with Sturt, and plays his football with the Burra-Booborowie-Hallett Rams.

He followed in his father’s footsteps, making his first grade district debut during December last year for the Sturt Cricket Club where he received cap number 595.

IN THE ZONE caught up with the Sam during the SACA Country Cricket Carnival, where he donned the creams for the Mid North team, which made the grand final.

“Yeah, it (his first grade debut) was against Tea Tree Gully at Price Memorial Oval in the Saturday/Sunday game on December 9 and 10,” Sam Mattey said.

“I opened the batting and made 20 off 40 balls and felt I played pretty well for them.

“We made 197, and Tea Tree Gully got the runs wickets down, in an exciting chase.

Sam said after both teams batted a second time the game finished in a tie.

“The next week against Southern Districts down at Bice Oval I made 68 and had a 156-run partnership with an English bloke, Euan Woods who played for the English Under 19s in the World Cup, which just finished,” he said.

“After being in early trouble at 3/24, at the end of the day’s play we made 6/309 and bowled them out the next week for 218, collecting a significant win.

“I played one more game the week after against Kensington.

“After that all our players from the national Under 19s carnival were available again and I got squeezed out of the team.”

Sam has received bragging rights, having made the highest score by a Mattey in SACA first grade cricket.

REWARDS AT THE SACA COUNTRY CUP

Both Sam Mattey and former Gilbert Valley cricketer Alex Hosking were rewarded for their performances in the field during the SACA Senior Country Cup which took place from February 5 to 8.

The award for the Most Outstanding Fielder was shared between Sam Mattey from Mid North, who tied with Brad Rosenzweig from Murray Districts, both collecting a total of 11 votes.

Also a former first grade cricketer with Tea Tree Gully, Alex Hosking, from Upper North, with a score of 36 out if a possible 40 secured the wicket keepers trophy.

Andrew Kokot, from Mid North, who tied with Scott Kellow, from Fleurieu and Districts, was equal second with a total of 34.

While they were winless in 2018, after being champions 12 months earlier, The Spirit of Cricket Award this year went to the team from Upper North.

Brodie O’Dea, as the team captain accepted the award.