Nom­i­na­tions open for cricket classic

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Macken­zie Co­la­han Macken­zie.Co­la­han@cnbtimes.com.au

CRICKET: Nom­i­na­tions are now open for the 2018 edi­tion of the Mun­gungo v The World seven-a-side char­ity cricket day.

The much-loved event was cre­ated by lo­cal crick­eters who wanted to lift the com­mu­nity’s spir­its and raise money af­ter floods.

More than $5000 in prizes will beup for grabs in a multi-draw raf­fle, in­clud­ing a Sun­shine Coast hol­i­day and 1770 Larc ad­ven­ture.

Last year nearly $8000 was raised, an ef­fort or­gan­is­ers hope to match when the event is held at the one and only MCG – Mun­gungo Cricket Ground – in Septem­ber

The pro­ceeds will be split be­tween RACQ LifeF­light, Ridge­haven Re­tire­ment Com­plex and An­gel Flight, char­i­ties near and dear to the or­gan­is­ers’ heart.

Pub­li­can and pres­i­dent of Mun­gungo Sports and Recre­ation, Steve Al­ford, said was a great day out for a wor­thy cause.

“It’s a fam­ily fun day. There will be food and drinks on and we’ll have a jump­ing cas­tle for the kids,” Al­ford said.

“The char­i­ties are vi­tal ser­vices for our area and a num­ber of peo­ple we know use them.”

Matches are played with seven-over in­nings, the short­ened for­mat en­sur­ing a fast, ex­cit­ing and in­clu­sive day’s cricket.

Up to 10 seven-a-side teams will com­pete for top hon­ours, each player get­ting to bat and bowl for one over in each game they play.

Or­gan­iser Vicki Mackay said there was no time for muck­ing around when it came to get­ting a team sorted be­cause it was first in, best dressed.

“We have teams from Moura, Boyne Val­ley and Gympie and we’ve ad­ver­tised in Bund­aberg and Glad­stone,” Mackay said.

“It has been grow­ing ev­ery year so we had to cap it at 10 teams or else it would blow out to a two-day event.”

The pub will host an af­ter party with a pig on the spit and a tal­ent show for live en­ter­tain­ment.

“We have some very tal­ented lo­cal artists and we’d like to in­vite them to come along on the night,” Mackay said. An en­try fee of $5 per player ap­plies.

For more in­for­ma­tion phone Vicki on 4166 5166 or Helen on 4166 5280.

❝ The char­i­ties are vi­tal ser­vices for our area and a num­ber of peo­ple we know use them.

— Steve Al­ford

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

HOWZAT: Steve Al­ford and Vicki Mackay are the driv­ing force be­hind the Mun­gungo char­ity cricket day.

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