Bellinger boys

The Bellinger boys (Mitchell, Neville and Nick) are quick to go into bat for each other. Picture: Jodie Saville.

Cricket. Sons Mitchell and Nick don’t cut their dad Neville any slack when it comes to the cricket field.

The father-son combo has played several A-Grade games for Forest-Stanley in the Circular Head Cricket Association, and coach Mitchell says his dad has to work to make the cut.

“Dad got picked to play in the A-Grade team because when he was playing in the B-Grade side he was consistent and was scoring a good amount of runs,” Mitchell said.

“In one game he got 80 runs and then 30 runs a couple of times and because of his performance he was picked to play with us in the A-Grade side.

“But he is not shown any favouritism, the minute he doesn’t contribute to the team’s effort just like anyone else he would be out of the side.”

Fifty-three-year-old Neville has been playing for many years and as a junior enjoyed most weekends getting out to play.

And now he is thrilled to still be playing and with Nick, 31, and Mitchell, 28.

“It is great to be playing with my two sons and I think I might be the only father-son combo, especially playing with two sons,” Neville said on Thursday.

Owing to his commitment and effort he has put into his side Forest-Stanley, Neville has also been honoured by the club by being made a Life Member.

“And it has also been a thrill to watch the two boys come up through the junior ranks and now holding their own in the senior’s team,” Neville said.

Given the choice of fielding or batting Neville said he enjoys facing the bowler and his best score has been to hit 120 runs.

The next game will be Forest-Stanley at home playing Marrawah on January 11.

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