PITCH PERFECT: Team captains Peter Chapman and Raj Sharma with youngest player Patrick Gorrel and the rest of the participants in the T-20 Harmony Shield cricket match.
PITCH PERFECT: Team captains Peter Chapman and Raj Sharma with youngest player Patrick Gorrel and the rest of the participants in the T-20 Harmony Shield cricket match. Kate Czerny

City's Diwali celebration is a big hit

IPSWICH cricket fans have spun harmony into their beloved bat-and-ball game with a match that has brought together different cultures in the community.

A cricket series called the T-20 Harmony Shield has been created to celebrate the philosophy that cricket is a game for everyone - regardless of a person's background.

The inaugural match will hit off this weekend at the North Ipswich Oval in line with the annual Diwali Festival. Over the next few months more than 20 teams from throughout Brisbane and Ipswich will take to local fields to play in the Harmony series promoting multiculturalism in sport.

While the weekend match proved a one-sided win for the Stumps team, the real series will no doubt be much tighter, especially considering the $3500 prize money on offer.

The Harmony match started a great day in Ipswich for Raj Sharma who later hosted a massive Diwali Festival night at his Indian Mehfil restaurant for 515 guests. Profits from that night will be donated to Diabetes Australia.



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