Hey hey everyone.
Just had a cricket match and we raised $450 for the foundation. That takes us to almost $30,000 raised so far. Still need to ride thru Tassie, but that will be in October this year. Can’t wait!
Below is the photograph and article of the cricket match fundraiser.
The North Nowra Cambewarra and Exservicemen’s Cricket Clubs.
Cricket for Kids with Cancer
Last Sunday at the Bernie Reagan Sporting Complex, current and former players from North Nowra Cambewarra and Ex-Servicemens cricket clubs, put the pads on once again for a One Day cricket match to raise much-needed funds for the Kids With Cancer Foundation (KWCF). Organiser, Greg Stephenson, is a former team mate of around-Australia charity cyclist, Mick Davey, and wanted Mick’s cricket club, North Nowra Cambewarra to play Ex-Servicemens Cricket Club, in order to raise money for the KWCF. Mick thought it was a brilliant idea and the two teams faced off in an over 35’s one day game. There were cricketers coming from a long time ago and places far, far away, with former Shoalhaven representative players Steve Muller, Syd Weller and Mark Pearce travelling from Canberra and Sydney.
Played under light cloud cover, the game started with Ex-Servo’s batting. Former first grade openers Gary Bridge and David Sloane got off to a flying start, but Mick Davey was brought into the attack and Slaoney was quickly back in the pavilion. North’s former first grade opening bowlers, Steve Muller and Nigel Rowan were sending down thunderbolts, but Gary Bridge withstood the barrage, eventually retiring on 35 n.o. This classy performance would eventually earn him Ex-Servo’s man of the match. Other batsmen to impress were Brian Kelly, 23, Mathew Brunton, 22 and Dean Trost with 20. The pick of the bowlers for North’s were Mark Butler (1/3) and captain Brett Mark (1/4). Ex-Servo’s total of 170 off 35 overs was a great effort and a highly competitive score.
Lunch was taken and later, North’s top 3 batsmen had hardly troubled the scorers. This brought Bob Ducie and Alan Muggleton together and it was suddenly like new year’s eve on Sydney Harbour – fireworks everywhere. Despite the speed and guile of bowlers Syd Weller and Craig Ellis, Bob Ducie and Muggo’s partnership of 50 saw the white ball going to all parts of the ground. Bob’s century was nipped in the bud when he was on 17, but Muggo went on to score 47 n.o. Talented all-rounder Mark Butler came in at the death and scored a brilliant 22 with every ball faced resulting in runs being scored. Pick of the bowlers for Ex-Servo’s were Craig Ellis (1/5) and Syd Weller (1/9). North’s man of the match went to Nigel Rowan, but Muggo was also a chance with 2 catches, a wicket and his stylish 47, which included 2 sixes. North’s finished their innings on 136, still 35 runs shy of their target. Ex-servo’s were too good on the day and handshakes all round let them know North’s appreciated their talent and great sportsmanship. Special mention must be made of Greg Stephenson who when bowling made the white kookaburra whizz, dip, skid, pop and go sideways, and with the bat showed his ambidextrous talents using both bat and box on numerous occasions to keep his stumps from being knocked over – well done, mate!
The highlight of the day was the generosity of all the players, their families and friends who raised $450, with all proceeds going to the Kids With Cancer Foundation.
When asked what he thought of the day and how much was raised, KWCF ambassador, Mick Davey said, ‘That’s brilliant! It’s great to see people playing sport so they can help children who are suffering from cancer. Thank you to everyone.’
North Nowra Cambewarra Cricket Club’s president, Greg Stephenson, is a planning a bigger and better day next year and has organised for the Bomaderry Cricket Club to join the fundraising charity matches. To make an online tax-deductible donation to the KWCF please go to www.journeyofcharity.com.au and follow the links.