Movember T20 game ends in tie
Pouring rain, thunder and lightning were no deterrent for the several hundred Tom Price residents who turned out for the town’s third Movember Charity Twenty20 cricket match on Saturday.
The annual cricket showdown for charity, which is put on by the Tom Price Scorchers cricket club, attracted about 200 spectators to Clem Thompson Oval despite thunderstorms, as the players persevered while having difficulty even seeing the ball.
The Beyond Blues, captained by Scorchers treasurer Brad Malingre, batted first before ProState Warriors, led by captain Simon Deegan, stepped up to give it their best shot.
For the third year in a row, the final score was a draw, with the teams tied on 97 — though not without some help from the umpires.
A match commentator, canteen and DJ rounded out the game-night action and helped get those on the sidelines involved.
Malingre said the game was designed to be an inclusive community event, with any and all residents able to play along with the club’s own cricket players and sponsor representatives.
“It’s a Tom Price community event where everyone comes down and knows they can be involved,” he said.
Malingre said the Movember cricket match originated three years ago when he and resident Luke Tyson decided to create a major community major event for the men’s health campaign.
“I’ve been doing Movember since 2008,” he said.
“I lost a loved one to suicide in 2008, so I started doing it that year.”
“So for Luke and I it’s very much a personal thing.” The match raised about $3500 for Movember, which Malingre said club members were pleased with, given the difficult weather conditions and a slightly scaled-back event this year.
The Beyond Blues and Pro-State Warriors celebrate after their T20 game.
Beyond Blues captain Brad Malingre and Pro-State Warriors captain Simon Deegan with the Movember Charity T20 cricket match trophy.
Shire of Ashburton community officer Joy Lewis in bat.