Badsy’s Bandits player Brendan Iles won top all rounder of the carnival.
Badsy’s Bandits player Brendan Iles won top all rounder of the carnival. Gerard Walsh

A broken finger couldn't stop Iles

HITTING the middle of the bat was even more important for Badzy's Bandits player Brendan Iles in the weekend's Australia Day Cricket Carnival.

Despite playing with a broken finger after dropping a difficult catch for Colts a week earlier, Iles won the all-rounder of the carnival award with 152 runs and six wickets.

“It hurt when I hit the ball with the toe of the bat but was okay when the ball hit the middle,” Iles said.

He only used his right hand in fielding and didn't have a problem bowling.

Iles had only played one game this season before the carnival and was delighted with his bowling form after a long break from the crease.

A winner of end-of-season awards in Warwick cricket, Iles has impressed in representative cricket for Warwick and played in a winning Davis Shield side.

He is off to see a surgeon this week and is hoping his layoff from sport won't be long as he is a key player in the Redbacks AFL team in the Darling Downs competition.

Missing some games early in the season will be costly in AFL terms as Iles has the chance to go for a third successive Holman Medal for fairest and best in AFL.


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