Beau McClintock has established himself as one of the leading wicketkeepers in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket and one of the finest behind the stumps for the Blues has helped that progression.
That cricketer is none other than former Australian wicketkeeper and Blues captain Brad Haddin.
McClintock is the main man behind the wicket for Sydney in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition and currently leads the way for most dismissals.
He has registered 24 dismissals including 17 catches and seven stumpings. It follows his excellent performance last season where he claimed 43 First Grade dismissals for Sydney.
McClintock has claimed a remarkably high number of stumpings that account for almost 30 per cent of his total dismissals.
To give that record some context, one of Australia’s great Test wicketkeepers, Bert Oldfield, claimed the most number of stumpings by any Australian gloveman with 52.
This accounted for 40 per cent of his dismissals. Adam Gilchrist has the second most stumpings for Australia at Test level with 37 which equates to just 9 per cent.
As a junior cricketer, McClintock always looked up to Haddin and the 25-year-old shared a lot in common with the former Test keeper.
“He was from the Country as well and I went through the same sort of pathway through the ACT Comets,” said McClintock.
“(I) always liked how he played and he was very technically sound with his keeping.”
Like his idol, McClintock was also born in Cowra in the Central West of NSW.
The McClintock family made the move from country NSW when Beau was 14 to help him pursue a cricket career. He finished his schooling in Newcastle before moving to Canberra.
It was in the nation’s capital where he represented ACT/NSW Country at three consecutive Under 19 National Championships between 2010 and 2013. McClintock also played nine games with the Comets in the Toyota Futures League.
Since his first season in NSW Premier Cricket with Sydney in 2014/15, McClintock has played 101 matches and claimed over 150 dismissals. The gloveman has taken 129 catches and completed 25 stumpings.
In recent times, the Sydney keeper was fortunate enough to do some work with his idol, with a particular emphasis on one aspect of the job behind the wicket.
“He’s very passionate about using your legs,” said McClintock.
“Making sure I’m using my legs to get into the best position.”
He has since taken heed of that advice and made sure that is a key focus of his training sessions.
“(I make sure) on the Tuesday and Thursday I put all the work in with my legs getting in good position, so I don’t have to worry about anything, just watch the ball on a Saturday.”
McClintock also said his impressive record behind the stumps is in no small way due to the bowling attack at Sydney.
“(I’m) fortunate enough to have a pretty good bowling line-up.
“I believe it’s probably one of the best bowling line-ups in the comp, so just doing my job behind the stumps and pretty much not dropping them,” he said with a grin.