James Goode was at his dangerous best on The Bull Paddock turf wicket on Saturday, taking 4/26 in a terrific nine-over spell of bowling that led Wyangle to their Elders Cup grand final win and the left-arm quick receiving man of the match honours.
Goode had opener Adam Graham out for a duck in only the fourth ball of the game, while he also removed the dangerous Angus Stapleton for 13, after he was caught by John Breed in the seventh over of the contest.
Goode was reintroduced to the attack towards the end and cleaned up the tail, bowling both Anthony Nicholls and Duane Shawcross in consecutive balls.
Funnily enough, Goode was at risk of being taken off in the first over, after a beamer slipped from his hand in what was his first ball of the game, meaning he was only a bad ball away from being taken out of the attack by umpire, Mick Rusconi.
“Well, it wasn’t the best start, the first ball went over the batsman’s head and I thought I might have been in for a bit of a long day,” Goode laughed.
“Then I got on the front foot and got the first wicket, which helped a bit, and I went on from there.”
Goode made the most of a lively deck, with the ball staying low and popping up at times, highlighted when one of his balls felled Tim Graham, who was hit in the throat.
“The pitch down where I was coming in, it was really alive,” Goode said.
“The ball was staying lower and coming up high and all that and it didn’t look fun to bat on.”
While Goode is back to university this year, he does hope to return for Wyangle next year, after joining the club this season.
“I might come back, because I’ll be back through the summer working, so I’ll be around for four or five games. I will just see where I am at next season,” Goode said.
“I have had a couple of teams I’ve played with, and I enjoyed playing with all the clubs, but I quite enjoyed playing with Wyangle this year; it was a really good season.”