Forget the old Trans-Tasman clipper which transported cargo from Port Jackson to the Shaky Isles, former New Zealand Test player Daryl Tuffey is the Trans-Tasman skittler ... he flies to Sydney from Auckland every Friday night to add sting - and zing - to the Bankstown grade cricket club's pace attack.
The former New Zealand test player has already made his presence felt; the highlight of his season so far being his 8-38 against Randwick-Petersham - a rout which included the prized scalp of former Australia opener Simon Katich with the final ball.
And even though he'd played in 26 tests and 94 ODIs for the Black Caps, the 34-year-old fast bowler could not hide his delight in having taken his first ''eight-for''.
''I put the ball in what was definitely the right area,'' said Tuffey, who has been signed to a three-year-deal to help train and prepare Bankstown's brigade of young guns.
''It made for interesting times and gave me an opportunity to play against Katich and Cameron Borgas, two first-class cricketers. When I was asked if I had ever taken eight wickets before I said 'nah, it is unfamiliar territory'. It was nice to get Katich out [on the last ball] but unfortunately we couldn't chase down 130. In saying that, we're in the top four for the Sydney grade competition and that's really pleasing.''
The flying Kiwi, who scored a brave 54 to square the 2001-02 test series with England, played down the idea that he was a jet-setter living a life of luxury.
''We get the cheapest flights we can,'' he said. ''We're looking at relocating to Sydney and I was keen to be involved with the local cricket.''
While Tuffey announced his retirement from first-class career in September due to a series of injuries and was was proud of his own achievements.
''I pity the blokes bowling at [Australia skipper] Michael Clarke because he's hitting it like a beach ball at the moment,'' he said.
''I miss it when I look at the calibre of players I played … but it was a fitting time for me to step out. I'm the brand manager for a beer company (Moa Brewing Co) back home and it was a great opportunity because my body wasn't holding up too well to the demands of the game over the last few years.''
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