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Hitting out for flood relief

Fundraiser: Sawtell and the Legends XI were having a ball at the Twenty20 Charity Cup knockout.
Fundraiser: Sawtell and the Legends XI were having a ball at the Twenty20 Charity Cup knockout. Bruce Thomas

COFFS Harbour District Cricket Association’s first major charity venture kicked off yesterday in brilliant sunshine and on near-perfect wickets.

As if by design, the grim weather that has plagued the domestic season seemed a million miles away as players formed up for the inaugural Pacific Property Management Twenty20 Charity Cup held at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park.

With massive support of around $5000 already pledged from the business community, organisers expected to more than double that figure with all proceeds being donated to flood relief funds.

When The Coffs Coast Advocate paid a visit to the field of battle, the crowds were just starting to arrive.

On the Michael Nealand Accounting Arena, the young guns from premiership leaders Sawtell were shaping up against the Legends XI and the old-stagers, including Robert Kidd, Steve Moody and ‘big Rambo’ were holding their own.

Next door, veterans Troy Wear and Selwyn Manz had just opened the batting for Park Beach Bowling Club Colts against Diggers Ex-Services.

And with the style that both have used to forge their reputations, the shoulders were open and the big hits were coming thick and fast.

“This is the first charity event and I feel there will be many more in future to help out worthy causes,” organiser Neil Coogan remarked.