Ponting turns out for Mowbray in club game

DAVID BENIUK
Last updated 18:41 02/02/2013

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Ricky Ponting has been bowled for just 11 in a rare appearance for his Tasmanian club side Mowbray.

The retired former Australian captain was playing his first club game since 2005 at the Eagles' home ground, Invermay Park in Launceston.

Batting at No 4, Ponting shouldered arms to a ball from Launceston medium pacer Rowan Smith that officials said cut back "two foot" in Mowbray's first innings total of 122 in the two-day game.

The 38-year-old told reporters he was keen to help the club, which entered the weekend round in second spot on the Northern Tasmanian Cricket Association ladder, win a premiership.

"It was exactly the same with Tasmania last year. We made both finals (Sheffield Shield and one-day) ... and didn't win either and it would be nice to win some silverware or some trophies outside of the Australian team," he said.

"There's a chance for the Shield team to be able to do it again this year and, who knows, with Mowbray going well hopefully we get into another final as well."

Ponting ordered a new Eagles helmet and uniform for the match but will miss day two to train with Tasmania, who take on NSW in a Shield game from Wednesday.

He said he planned to be back to play more games for the working-class club where he made his first-grade debut as a 12-year-old.

"If I continue to play next year, then I'm sure some opportunities will come up," he said.

"If they don't, as a player, then I'd like to come back and just be around and eat a hamburger on the sidelines.

" ... This is what cricket's all about for me and it always has been."

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