If there is one person you don’t want to mess with, then it’s Luke Feldman. Both on and off the field, the “Sheriff” cuts an imposing figure, and as one over-zealous fan found out, it is best to steer well clear of the North Queensland native.
The former policeman made his debut against the Bushrangers in 2009, and started by knocking over Nick Jewell. Later that night, a thief tried to break into his hotel room, but quickly realised he has picked the wrong guy to mess with.
The big man had a terrific debut season, picking up 30 wickets in the Sheffield Shield at just 22.30 apiece.
Two matches stood out, with Feldman taking 9/81 against the fancied NSW Blues, before claiming a further eight victims against the Redbacks.
His extra bounce and pace made him an uncomfortable prospect for top-order batsmen, while his bouncers proved too much to handle for the tail.
With 96 wickets to his name, Feldman can count himself a bit unlucky to have not featured in more games last season.
He captured match figures of 6/59 against the Tigers in November last year, but didn’t play another first-class fixture.
His batting is an underrated facet of his game, with Feldman averaging 17 in first-class, and striking at around 150 against the white ball.
Feldman surprised many with his outstanding results for the Sydney Sixers last year. With several teammates missing through national duties or injury, the 29 year old was handed a prolonged run for the men in magenta.
He claimed four two wicket hauls, and was always one of the most economical bowlers in the team.