Tumut Plains cricket ground played host to another highly successful CanAssist charity T20 match, played in sweltering conditions on Saturday.
Some late withdrawals saw both the Tumut and Adelong Times Thrashers and Sounds of the Mountains Sluggers play with 10 players each, and the Thrashers defended their 2016 title with a 4-wicket win, thanks largely to a great innings by Glenn Appleby who made 68 at the top of the order, while Mitch Andrews scored 46 for the Sluggers.
Such has been the generosity of the community that over $1000 had already been raised for CanAssist before the start of the day through raffle ticket sales and generous donations, while the CanAssist bbq kept everyone well fed and proved to be a roaring success throughout the day.
“We got $200 donations from a couple of businesses, and Hungry Jacks in Gundagai chipped in with $150,” Thrashers skipper Matt Sturt said.
With Matt Hardwick and Rob Regan umpiring, the Sluggers won the toss and batted first, but a mixed opening 10 overs saw them slump to 5-62.
The Thrashers emerged from the drinks break full of confidence but Commercial skipper Mitch Andrews led the fightback with an unbeaten 46, a knock that included 3 sixes and two fours, the Sloggers posting a competitive 8/160 off their 20 overs, a great effort considering their precarious situation earlier in the day.
Matt Stubbs (34) and Craig Sercombe (26) also provided valuable contributions for the Sluggers, while
the Thrashers were led by opening bowler Duane Shawcross (2 for 5) and Ben Wysman who finished with 2 for 15.
The key to T20 cricket is getting a good start and Glenn Appleby and Simon Smith made light work of the Sluggers’ attack, blasting an impressive 44 runs off the opening 2 overs.
When Smith fell for a well-made 24, the Thrashers had raced to 49 off just 3 overs and at the halfway mark were well in control at 3/125, needing just 36 more runs off the remaining 10 overs.
Despite a couple of late wickets falling, the Thrashers passed the target with 6 overs to spare, but kept on batting, eventually posting 190 off their alotted 20 overs.
“It was good to win it again and have one over my mate, Luke. Spud got away from us a bit, he has a tendency to do that, and he batted well,” Sturt said.
Sturt was pleased with his two opening batsmen but was quick to identify the real reason the game was on.
“44 off two overs is great, but at the end of the day it’s about Can Assist and there was a good crowd today.There was close to 40 prizes on offer, and any money we raise for CanAssist is good, people put donations in for the signs around the ground as well, $50 if anyone hit them, but no one managed to hit one,” he said.
Sercombe was the pick of the Sluggers’ bowlers, taking an impressive 2/13 off two overs.