Black Caps paceman Lockie Ferguson terrorises club cricketers in midweek T20
It wasn't so long ago that Lockie Ferguson was firing down 150kmh thunderbolts against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
While Steve Smith and David Warner might not have had too many problems keeping him out, the same could not be said for Dylan Steyn and Laurie Agnew at Birkenhead War Memorial Park on Wednesday night.
Who, you ask? Well, they're a couple of club cricketers who showed up to play a Twenty20 match for their club, Birkenhead City - although Steyn is a 21-year-old Auckland A representative.
They must have done a double-take when seeing the Black Caps paceman wearing the maroon and yellow kit of his Parnell club.
Ferguson and his Auckland team-mate Ben Horne helped Parnell to a 110-run victory, with Horne scoring 35 off 25 balls in his side's total of 180-6 off 20 overs.
Ferguson then took 2-3 from two overs to help restrict Birkenhead to just 70 all out. He removed Steyn for a duck in the second over, ceding opening over honours to Tom Hills, before combining with wicketkeeper Horne to have Agnew caught behind for two in the fourth over.
Mercifully, that would be Ferguson's last over as the rest of the Parnell bowlers swept aside the Birkenhead batsmen. Parnell skipper David Goddard went even better than Ferguson, taking 3-5 from his two overs.
It was Ferguson's first game for Parnell since February 2016 when he took 3-37 from 10 overs in a 50-over loss to a Suburbs New Lynn team featuring Auckland team-mates Sean Solia and Michael Barry. Barry took bragging rights in that match, bowling Ferguson for a duck before scoring 49.
On Wednesday, Solia scored 121 not out of 57 balls for Suburbs New Lynn against Waitakere.