Andrew Fekete’s journey as a fast bowler in first-class cricket had a unique start, as he made his debut at the relatively late age of 28. His initial stint with Victoria, however, is best remembered for an unfortunate incident. During a one-day match, he suffered a broken foot when he bravely stood in the line of fire, absorbing the full force of a fierce straight drive from South Australia’s Theo Doropoulos.
Subsequently, Fekete decided to move to Tasmania, and it was here that he finally earned a place in the first-class lineup. His selection was primarily based on a strong performance in the 2013 Ryobi Cup, where he delivered a standout display, including a match-winning performance against South Australia. This promising start translated to his Sheffield Shield debut, where he managed to claim four wickets for just 74 runs. He continued to impress with notable outings against Western Australia, where he took 2-44 and 4-54, and against Queensland with figures of 3-41 and 3-36.
Fekete’s breakthrough season arrived in 2014-15, during which he secured an impressive tally of 37 Sheffield Shield wickets at an average of 24.10. His remarkable performances earned him the prestigious Ricky Ponting Medal as Tasmania’s top player. Notably, he also clinched the David Boon Medal for being the Sheffield Shield Player of the Year and the Jack Simmons Medal as the Matador Cup Player of the Year in the same season. He became the first player since Michael Bevan in 2004-05 to sweep all three awards.
Fekete maintained his solid form in the following season (2015-16), accumulating 28 Sheffield Shield wickets. Recently, he returned to his home state for the 2018-19 summer, rejoining the team where his cricketing journey began.