Toy­ota goes in to bat for lo­cal crick­eters

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT -

CRICKET: Like a solid opener, Grafton Toy­ota is step­ping up to the crease to guide the Clarence River Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion through the cov­ers and to a pros­per­ous fu­ture on the fields.

Af­ter read­ing about the plight of the com­pe­ti­tion’s lower grades this sea­son, Grafton Toy­ota dealer prin­ci­pal Michael An­stee knew some­thing needed to be done to sup­port the sport.

The deal­er­ship has given the CRCA $500 in an ef­fort to con­tinue its sup­port at the grass­roots level.

“I read that the as­so­ci­a­tion was do­ing it tough in the pa­per and tried to think of the best way we could help out,” An­stee said. “We have sup­ported the North Coast Dar­ren Lehmann Cricket Academy for a few years now, but we didn’t have any­thing that sup­ported cricket on a more lo­calised level.

“This is all about lo­cals help­ing out lo­cals.”

An­stee said the deal­er­ship was also ap­proach­ing the Clarence River Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion to pro­mote Toy­ota’s Good for Cricket Raf­fle, which has al­ready raised more than $1 mil­lion for grass­roots clubs through­out the coun­try.

While the deal­er­ship had no re­quest as to how the money was spent, CRCA pres­i­dent Tim Kin­nane said it would go a long way to help­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion broaden its hori­zons.

“We can put this to­wards lots of things – any­thing re­ally,” he said. “This just to­tally came out of the blue for us. Mike rang me af­ter read­ing the story and asked how he could help.

“Orig­i­nally I asked for 30 ex­tra play­ers, but I am more than happy to take the mone­tary sup­port.”

Kin­nane said there was a chance the money could be used to sup­port the an­nual Cot­ten Shield rep­re­sen­ta­tive clash be­tween Clarence River and Lower Clarence Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

“Like Mike said, this is lo­cals help­ing lo­cals, and that is what sport at this level is all about,” Kin­nane said.

“There are plenty of costs for the lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tion and they con­tinue to rise each year, so to get the op­por­tu­nity to take some pres­sure off the peo­ple in the as­so­ci­a­tion is in­valu­able.

“It is $500 that is very wel­come and will def­i­nitely be put to good use around the grounds.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW ELKERTON

HELP­ING HAND: Clarence River Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Tim Kin­nane with Grafton Toy­ota dealer prin­ci­pal Michael An­stee.

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