Former Aussie cricketer assaulted by parent at junior footy training

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Jason Bakker and Merv Hughes, pictured here in 2004.
Jason Bakker and Merv Hughes in 2004. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Jason Bakker, a former state cricketer for Victoria and the manager of Australian cycling champion Cadel Evans, has reportedly been assaulted by a parent at a junior football training session.

According to the Geelong Advertiser, Bakker was coaching a junior footy team when he was assaulted by a disgruntled parent.

The incident is said to have occurred at the Williamstown Junior Football Club on Thursday night.

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Police are reportedly investigating the incident that saw Bakker knocked to the ground.

According to reports, Bakker had a disagreement with a player's father about his son not being picked for selection in a team.

Bakker reportedly has suspected broken bones and a number of other injuries.

The 53-year-old all-rounder played 11 first-class cricket matches for Victoria between 1995 and 2000, and is the founder of sports management company Signature Sports.

The company manages a number of high-profile Australian athletes, including 2011 Tour de France champion Evans.

Bakker made 370 runs in his 11 matches for Victoria at an average of 19.47.

He also took 19 wickets at an average of 32, with his best figures 4-40.

Jason Bakker, pictured here in action for Victoria in 1999.
Jason Bakker in action for Victoria in 1999. (Image: Getty via AllSport)

NSW slump to historic low in Sheffield Shield

Meanwhile, NSW have been left to lick their wounds after being skittled for just 32 by Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield - their lowest-ever total.

Former Test quick Jackson Bird was the chief destroyer with a career-best 7-18 as the Blues crumbled in just 19.3 overs at Bellerive Oval on Sunday.

The Tigers decided against enforcing the follow-on and have set the visitors a mammoth fourth innings target of 493 for victory.

The stunning NSW collapse was the fourth-lowest score in the 129-year history of Australia's first-class competition, beating their previous worst of 53 against Tasmania at Hobart in 2007.

Only skipper Peter Nevill (10 not out) made it to double figures as Bird wreaked havoc after earlier smashing a career-best run-a-ball 54.

Bird picked up three scalps in his first eight deliveries to leave the Blues reeling at 3-0, with Daniel Hughes, Daniel Solway and Kurtis Patterson all failing to score.

"It was just one of those days where it felt the ball was coming out nicely from ball one," he said.

"I felt like (the performance) was just around the corner. (I've) felt like that for probably the last 12 months but haven't really got a bag of wickets like that for a while.

"(But I) didn't think it was going to be as good as that. I feel like i'm bowling as well as I have for the last couple of years."

with AAP

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