Indeed, it was from the obscurity of the C&B team that FB was plucked to the big time by celebrated Carlton recruitment agent and cafe entrepreneur Akeel Aslam. In a game on that epicentre of good wickets - er....... the Meadows, where else - FB was playing for C&B in an evening match against Price Waterhouse
Currie and Balerno play evening T20s through the season and a fine body of cricketers and gentlemen they are too. Unfortunately they have no website, but they can be found on that modern Facebook thing. Last season they won the Metcalfe Trophy (no, FB had never heard of it either until it was won ); this year FB thinks they won the mid week league again. So, having FB in their ranks does not seem to hamper them unduly.
But C&B came a bit unstuck this year in the various cup trophies, coming up against Standard Life twice. FB played only in the first contest. He came on first change and made the tragic mistake of snaffling SL's opener in his first over. This brought one of Carlton's all time greats to the crease - Rob Thornton. Er..................no contest - FB ended up 4-0-1-48 (ouch). R Thornton 100+ in 15 overs as SL racked up 190. C&B did well to get to 140. So in FB's defence it was a belter of a batting track............
All power to FB's many friends in the Currie and Balerno ranks - see you in 2011!