Warner Dismissed By Waugh's Son In Clash Against Smith
Steve Smith has fallen just short of a half-century in his Sydney grade-cricket match against David Warner's Randwick Petersham with fans overflowing onto a packed Coogee Oval.
In front of an unprecedented 2000 fans, which left some sitting between the fence and rope, former Test teammate Shane Watson overshadowed the suspended pair with a 41-ball 63 for Sutherland.
But while Watson thrilled the masses with five maximums, all the attention was on Smith and Warner as they posed for photos, signed autographs and were cheered throughout the day.
"I think I would have to go back to the the 1970s or early '80s when I was playing first grade we would have had something like it," former Test quick and Randwick Petersham president Mike Whitney said.
"We would have had something like Alan Turner, John Dyson and Ron Crippin and myself with a couple of other young up-and-coming players who went on to play Shield cricket and that sort of stuff, and then the opposition having the same.
"But now, it's usually a sprinkling in the stand, and then 15 or 20 here with wives and parents."
Such was the interest in the match, Randwick even flew a family from country Victoria to have their young son be Warner's shadow for the day after he'd written to the club describing him as his hero.
"This is unbelievable," Whitney said.
"It just shows if you can get these guys back playing club cricket, how much interest it evokes in club cricket."
Ex-teammate Mitchell Johnson was also in attendance, as was former Australian captain Steve Waugh watching his son Austin.
After Warner was earlier caught at gully for 13, slashing at one outside off stump from the younger Waugh as Randwick posted 261, Smith was more circumspect in his knock.
His 48 came off 71 balls as he hit two boundaries down the ground, still more than seven months before he can play again for Australia unless the pairs' year-long bans are overturned.
Smith had also earlier taken a wicket with the ball, having English county representative Daniel Bell-Drummond caught behind after he'd scored a match-high 106.
Warner and Smith are free to return to the national set-up at the end of March, with their first match back likely to come in next year's one-day World Cup in England.