Pink Stumps Day: Having a ball and backing a great cause
BAILS and banter flew as big-hearted Alstonville cricketers and supporters united to help raise vital funds.
Light-hearted matches and other fun and games were contested at the Alst-onville and District Cricket Club fund-raising event yesterday for the McGrath Foundation.
Past and current cricketers, businesses and other sporting groups took part in the event, raising money for cancer sufferers and their carers.
Co-organiser Wayne Garrard said it had been a memorable occasion for all involved.
"It was fantastic," he said.
"The camaraderie from everyone involved was great to see.
"It was an enjoyable day and everyone had a ball."
Rain meant the event had to be moved from its planned Geoff Watt Oval venue to the town's Gap Road playing fields.
The switch did not stop the playing action, with eight teams enjoying light-hearted shortened matches in the Super 8 cricket competition.
Alstonville Dental Destroyers took the championship event, defeating Sarwood Timbers in the final.
Paul Denmeade and Co took the plate event.
Hooker League cricketers old and new and Alstonville club players were among those to get involved, with other community and sports groups also providing players.
"It was played in good spirit," Garrard said.
"There was a lot of good banter around (and) it was all good fun.
"Everyone was chuffed with how it went."
Last year more than $4000 was raised for the charity.
Garrard said the money from the event yesterday would be counted later this week.
He thanked everyone for their support.
Anyone wanting more information on the appeal should visit www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au
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