READY FOR ACTION: Lennox Seymour and Liam Byrnes, both 7, gearing up for the Cricket on Australia day at Meerschaum Vale.
READY FOR ACTION: Lennox Seymour and Liam Byrnes, both 7, gearing up for the Cricket on Australia day at Meerschaum Vale. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Australia Day cricket tribute for James

AFTER being washed out for the last two years, Meerschaum Vale residents are limbering-up in preparation for their community cricket match this Australia Day.

The first ball will be bowled at Meadowhead, located on Marom Creek Rd, the site where cricketers played on the paddock pitch between 1938 and 1959.

However, this year's match is a special event for the Meerschaum Vale community who have dedicated it as a celebration of the life of 18-year-old Meerschaum Vale-raised man, James Rigby, who died in a motorbike accident in December.

Landholder of Meadowhead, Jane Sproule, said the dedication would be a nice way to remember James, who played on the pitch in past Australia Day matches.

Mrs Sproule, who has had the land in her family for some years, emphasised the importance of the event as a gathering of the community.

"The event really brings the whole community together," Mrs Sproule said.

The event traditionally sees those who live on Marom Creek Rd battle it out against the residents at Bagotville Rd for Meerschaum Vale's very own ashes trophy.

But if you're not the batting or bowling type, there is plenty of room to set up a chair and relax.

There will be barbecue lunch and cold drinks available to buy on the day, with all money raised going toward the Wardell Red Cross.

"The day is a good opportunity for the older people in the community to come along and sit under the fig tree and catch up with people they don't get to see often," Mrs Sproule said.

All ages are welcome to attend the James Rigby Memorial Match on Australia Day with an under 13s and adult matches being played.

The event will be on rain, hail or shine - with shed games available in the event of bad weather.

Players are required to sign on at 9am. Meadowhead is at 72 Marom Creek Rd, Meerschaum Vale.

Bring your own drinks, chairs, shade, sunscreen, hats and shoes



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