Toyota goes in to bat for local cricketers
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.”
HELPING HAND: Clarence River Cricket Association president Tim Kinnane with Grafton Toyota dealer principal Michael Anstee.