OODNADATTA: PITCH PERFECT
The 4th annual 20/20 Town vs Stations cricket match will take place in Oodnadatta on Saturday March 5th, the first ball being bowled at 2:30 pm. From small beginnings, it has become a much-anticipated event.
In the first couple of years equipment was borrowed from anywhere possible, the second hand bats not always surviving the thrashing dished out by the aggressive batting techniques. The pitch, a synthetic mat rolled out over dirt, provided many challenges for batters and bowlers alike with dodgy bounces and unpredictable turns.
In an effort to continuously improve conditions, ORHS successfully applied for Sports Grants through Outback Communities Authority. Last year we were able to purchase our own quality cricket kit of bats, balls, stumps, and other necessary gear.
This year our pitch to the OCA for a new cricket pitch was successful and on Saturday February 20th, a bunch of lively lads, 17 in all, pitched in to lay the new concrete pitch. The activity was at fever pitch and after 4 hours of intensive hard work, the new pitch was complete, awaiting that first ball. We sincerely thank the OCA for their generous support and the volunteers who make it all happen.
The 20/20 cricket match is an important community event, and over the years has raised awareness and money for important causes. In 2013, Breast Cancer research was the theme, with everyone wearing pink. The second year was themed blue in support of Beyond Blue and men’s health. Last year our firefighters and their families benefited from our red theme. This year we will be wearing white, not as a return to traditional cricket roots but more importantly in support of White Ribbon, Australia’s campaign to prevent men’s violence against women.
And which team is to be the victor this year? The tally stands at Stations 2 and Town 1. Town are the current holders of the perpetual trophy that is on display at the Transcontinental Hotel
Everyone is welcome. Come along and enjoy the fun! Bar facilities and some food will be available during the day, with a sausage sizzle (kindly donated by the Miners Store) for tea. For further information contact Russell Prowse on 86706174, Hayley Nunn on 86707819 or Kirsty Williams on 86707951.