Nathan Yates has reflected on his battles with fellow EJ Cleary Medal winner and former Australian player Shane Harwood during their days in the Ballarat Cricket Association.
Yates opens up about his long and successful cricket journey in the latest Off The Record podcast, which went to air at thecourier.com.au on Friday.
When asked who is the best player he ever played against in Ballarat, Yates was quick to speak about Harwood.
"He was the first bowler I faced in my first A-grade game at 15," Yates, a four-time EJ Cleary Medal winner, said.
"I'm pretty sure I'd just made a hundred in the juniors in the morning so I was feeling pretty confident.
"The first ball was against Shane and I think it hit the keeper's gloves before I'd sort of moved.
"Even right up until when he retired, we both just had that competitiveness of he was trying to knock me over and I was trying not to let him knock me over.
"We had our battles on the field, but we could still stand around and have a chat off the field too though."
Yates, now 38, suffered a brain aneurysm late last month and is now back home recovering in Mt Clear following surgery.
His recovery and plans for a return to the field, as well as highlights across a long cricket career, are also part of the 30-minute podcast.