Cricket opens new doors for neighbours
SWIFTS openers Maelon Llewllyn and Aaran Fuller hope they aren't involved in too many run-outs this season because it could lead to a neighbourhood dispute.
Not only do the pair spend plenty of time together on the pitch, they also enjoy a barbie and beer these days as next door neighbours in Redbank Plains.
Fuller moved into the house next to Llewellyn around 18 months ago but if it wasn't for cricket the pair may still be strangers.
"I was working away a lot so I think it was a year before I really got to know him," Fuller said.
"My wife saw him heading to cricket training and I'd had a few years away from the game but was keen to get back into it.
"I went over and now we're good mates."
Llewellyn agreed the fact the pair both loved cricket helped them build a friendship both on and off the field.
"I didn't even know he was a cricketer but we were looking for a couple of new players so I recruited him," Llewellyn said.
"We've always got along as neighbours but didn't really do much together.
"We're actually getting to know each other more now because of cricket."
The question is does being neighbours help the pair when they stride to the wicket on Saturdays?
"Definitely," Fuller said.
"Being mates really helps when you go out to bat together.
"You get to know how each other think and it's much easier to build a good understanding out in the middle."
Llewellyn agreed opening pairs were one step ahead if they had a relationship off the field.
"I'd always rather bat with someone that I get along well with off the field," he said.
"If it wasn't Aaron I'd rather open with someone like Jarred (Lacey) who's been my best mate for years."