From left, Ray Savins, Matthew Savins (14) and Gary Savins, 3 generations of playing cricket in Nashua. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star
From left, Ray Savins, Matthew Savins (14) and Gary Savins, 3 generations of playing cricket in Nashua. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Tradition and cricket

A LOVE of the sound of leather on willow bought the Nashua Community together yesterday for its annual picnic and cricket day.

Around a hundred current and former Nashua residents met for the unique celebration.

Nashua is located at the Western edge of the Byron Shire, between Bangalow and Clunes.

The 2011 Census recorded 180 adults living in Nashua.

Despite the threat of rain, the game went ahead, although Cricket rules were bent a little to make the game more fun and inclusive.

Two teams are named every year after four long term Nashua families: the Trimble-James and the Savins-Taylor teams.

The captains are Ken Trimble and Ray Savins, Nashua residents who are both in their 80s.

The captain of the winning team takes the trophy home for the year.

Another unique rule of the game is that if any player hits the sponsor's sign (Elders) they win $25 cash.

Nobody has ever won the $25 price.

Both families had three generations in the teams.

The Savins has grandad Ray, dad Gary and son Matthew on their team.

Nashua picnic day organiser Jacinta Lithgow explained that "over the years, Nashua has lost its school, train station, the hall, the church and now there are only houses here."

"The cricket pitch is the last bit of community infrastructure that we keep, so it is very special for us," Mrs Lithgow said.

"We are so much more than a collection of houses," she said.

The Nashua cricket club formed in 1907



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