Ryan Carters has shown the cricketing world a lot of his skills since making his First Class cricketing debut all the way back in the 2010-2011 season.
He is an expert glovesman, classy middle-order batsman, runs his own charity to help disadvantaged women by creating educational opportunities and was dux of his high school in Canberra with an ATAR of 99.95 back in 2008.
He now has another string to add to that ever growing bow of his. That is his bowling!
Tasked with bowling in the Sydney Sixers warm up match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI at North Sydney Oval last night, Carters collected figures of 1-26 from two overs and picked up the prized scalp of Sabbir Rahman a dangerous player himself who has a strike rate of over 120 from 26 T20I’s.
With the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI requiring 84 runs from eight overs in a rain affected match, the Sixers attempted to bamboozle the Bangladeshis with some bowling out of left field including that of Sam Billings. Unfortunately for the men in magenta they were unable to pull off the victory after posting 9-169 from its 20 overs.
Carters bowling off spin collected the wicket of Rahman as he swept hard at a length delivery that caught high on the bat and ballooned into the North Sydney skyline with team mate Sam Billings taking the catch.
Speaking to sydneysixers.com.au after the match Carters said he was happy to get the opportunity to bowl for the Sixers and break the shackles “I feel like I’ve been a little bit starved of opportunity with the ball in the past having had to put the gloves on and wicket keep, so I was pleased to break the shackles and take my first wicket!”. Carters also described the feeling of getting his first scalp in magenta saying it was a “sweet feeling” and he had “full faith” in new recruit Sam Billings to take the catch.
In the world of T20 where it is a batsman’s game, players like Carters that are multi faceted become invaluable to a team.
Currently in the team as a specialist batsman, Carters can also wicket keep but is also very dependable in the outfield with a safe pair of hands.
His bowling in the upcoming BBL 06 could be a secret weapon for the Sydney Sixers and if Carters can have the kind of success that he has had in cricket and other areas in his life then it could be party time for the Sixers!
Carters and the rest of the Sixers squad will now travel up north to Coffs Harbour to ready themselves for the visiting Hong Kong team in the last of their warm up games before they open their Big Bash League season against the Sydney Thunder on the 20 December at Spotless Stadium.