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Rare Cancer Cricket Challenge 

Bradman Oval – 3 November, 2013


The weather gods smiled on us again and we awoke to blue skies and sunshine as we prepared for our second annual cricket challenge at Bradman Oval. The ground was in perfect order and looked a picture as we started to welcome players for the challenge. This year we had teams from Penrith, Glenbrook, Bowral and the “all overs”. The “All Overs” was a collection of highly talented individuals from all parts of Sydney and the Southern Highlands.

Phil Kerr generously donated his time to umpire for the day but also provided 4 match balls courtesy of Bowral Cricket Club for which we are very grateful.

The first game kicked off at 9:30 AM with Penrith confronting Glenbrook. Both sides had a great mixture of youth and experience with the dads providing wisdom and advice and the sons providing movement and talent. In a close match the Penrith lads triumphed by a few runs.

The second match saw the All Overs (renamed the All Blacks to match their caps) defeat the Bowral lads by 17 runs in a high quality game. Pete Carnegie and Mike Perry played  a punishing innings for the All Blacks and were the difference between the two sides.

After lunch we restructured the teams so that we had two matches of “Youth vs Experience” as the younger players took on their dads and elders. Despite the best but flagging efforts of the Experience teams Youth triumphed in both matches. Highlights were the hat-trick taken by 10 year old Zackir Hossain and some brilliant batting by the youth from Bowral. Whilst all cars survived, there were some mighty sixes scored and most of us will be parking further away next year!

Zackir, after his hat-trick, received the best first year player award donated by Cricket NSW and then doubled up again by winning the raffle. First prize was a magnificent car care kit kindly donated by Sydney Automotive Paints and was greatly appreciated by Zackir’s Dad.

As the shadows lengthened across the ground the day finished with Youth routing Experience for the second time and we all left with fond memories of great cricket and great fun and looking forward to next year’s event.

Our thanks to the Bradman Trust for allowing us to use this fantastic  ground for such a worthy cause.

Thanks also to South East Radiology, Vibe Hairdressing, Cricket NSW, Chubb Fire and Safety for their donated raffle prizes. 

A special thanks to Andy Price and Mark Chance for their help in organising the event.

See you next year.