BRANT MANN is a talented “chippie” who dabbles in cabinet-making in his spare time – just like his dad. He is a stylish golfer with soft hands and a great chip shot –also like his dad. He’s also a hard-hitting batsman, strong off the front foot and powerful on the cut – again, just like his dad.
Last Saturday, the 23-year-old Macquarie batsmen peeled off 105 against Rugby in third grade. It was an innings reminiscent of dad Alan, who hammered Dubbo’s best bowlers in his long career with Paramount, Colts and Newtown. The old fella, a carpenter by trade and manager of the Western Region Home and Community Care (HACC) program has been telling all and sundry Brant’s a “chip off the old block”!
Alan’s probably also been reminiscing with his son about his brilliant 129 in the 1977 semi-final. It was a fearsome innings that catapulted Colts into the grand final and their first Whitney Cup.
But while dad has plenty to recall, young Brant has certainly earned bragging rights for his all-round performance. Mann the younger ripped through the Rugby batsmen, claiming 5/19 with the ball in a red hot display on a red hot day!
While Alan had some success with his gentle outswingers and deceptive off-spin in his day – he even picked up the odd wicket or two – Brant’s century and “five-for” was a first for the Mann household!