Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cricket hits Cancer for Six

Berridale's Junior team participating in the six-a-side competition is comprised of , Andy Bartell, Josh Mugridge (captain), James Cahill, Jake Hedger, with Tim Gregory, Lachlan Jones and Declan Gregory in front.

Cooma Monaro Express 5/2/13

The Monaro District Cricket Association hosted their annual six-a-side cricket tournament on the weekend and used the tournament as a fundraiser for Ricky and Rhianna Ponting's charitable Foundation "Biggest Game of Cricket" for kids with Cancer.

More than $1000 was raised on the day and at last weekend's players poker tournament which will go to supporting families in their time of need.
Alex Bruce, Jack Parkin, Ben Hearn (captain), Sam Burgess, Adam Walters and Jake Riley (kneeling) make up the Berridale White Tales cricket team.
Many thanks to all the players who played in the tournaments and dug deep and a special thanks to Commonwealth Bank, Woolworths Cooma and especially Rhianna's grandfather Bill Rushton who came along and tossed the coin to kick off proceedings and donated a signed pair of Ricky's gloves to raffle on the day.

Ricky Ponting's grandfather-in-law and local identity Bill Rushton is ready to toss the special coin to start the six-a-side competition on Nijong oval. He is with team captains Ben Hales and Ben Hearne and organiser Stuart Wood.
With the tournament having to be postponed a week due to last weekend's poor weather it was a slightly smaller field than normal with sides from Canberra, Merimbula and Berridale competing for the title of six a side champions for 2013. The Merimbula Knights as defending champions played terrific cricket to make the final but it was the STC Puma's from Canberra who were eventual 2013 champions with Cooma's own James Taylor proving he hasn't lost his touch with an outstanding 50* in the final to get them over the line.
Canberra's Southside Teachers' Cricket Club Pumas captain Brendan Geeves, James Taylor, Rowan Venables, Steve Jobson with Niven Turner and Matt Williams won the competition.
JT took out the Best Batsman award with another Cooma local Brendan Geeves taking out player of the tournament and Michalego's Matt Williams named as best bowler. Special mention goes to the Berridale Young Guns who proved they can mix it with the big boys and putting a few sixes over the boundary to show they will be a team to watch out for in the future.
Bill Rushton, grandfather-in law to famous cricketer Ricky Ponting sits with some items to be auctioned to raise funds for the Ricky Ponting Kids with Cancer Foundation. Included in the items is a pair of cricket gloves signed by the sporting hero Ponting.


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