Laidley took out the Grantham Flood Appeal eight-a-side cricket tournament on Saturday with more than $6000 raised.
Laidley took out the Grantham Flood Appeal eight-a-side cricket tournament on Saturday with more than $6000 raised. Sarah Harvey

Charity cricket raises thousands

THEY raised thousands for the Grantham flood relief and, with blue skies, finally managed a game of cricket.

In the end, home team Laidley won the charity eight-a-side cricket competition at Bichel Oval, which was hurriedly organised last week.

However, results were about the least important aspect of a day when the Ipswich cricket community combined for a higher cause.

“It was unreal,” Laidley captain Chris Wilson said.

“We ended up making $6000 to $6500.”

The sporting memorabilia auction made $1700 with Brothers captain David Richardson forking out $1000 for a cricket bat signed by the 2000-01 Australian and West Indies teams.

The Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association and Central Districts Cricket Club each put in $500, Laidley handed over their $500 winner’s cheque, as did Strollers/Raiders with their $250 runners-up prize.

In the final, Strollers-Raiders made 70 from their eight overs and Laidley reached the target with two balls to spare and six wickets down, thanks to a 10 from Blue Dogs batsman Jamie Dodt.

Part of the boundary was declared worth 10 runs, instead of six, if a batsman cleared it and Dodt did so to ensure a fitting finish for the home club.

It was Laidley’s English duo Leigh Walker and Alex Welsh who came up with the idea for the tournament.

The idea became reality thanks to the support of their teammates, fellow club members and extended cricketing family, who did everything from prepare the ground to run the bar and barbecue, the takings of which went to the Grantham Flood Appeal.

Representatives of the appeal were on hand to accept the donation and make a thank you speech.

“To hear them talk put things into perspective,” Wilson said.

The Laidley skipper said they were surprised by the amount of money raised.

“I think they were really taken aback,” Wilson said.

“I think they thought we’d raise a few hundred bucks but when we told them how much, they were a bit shocked.”

Leading run scorer for the day was Fassifern’s Jared Carr, while most wickets were split between Laidley’s Michael Sippel, Mulgowie’s Jack Pender and Fassifern’s Grant Roberts, with Sippel taking a hat-trick against Northsiders.

All three were bowled out with Mat James the third victim. Former Queensland Country spin bowler James proved better with the golf club in his hand, winning one of the chipping competitions held during the lunch break.

As well as raising money for Grantham flood victims, the day also served to give Ipswich cricketers a rare chance in the middle, with most not having had a game in six weeks due to the weather and another fortnight before competition resumes.

“It was really good,” Wilson said.

“That’s why everyone was so keen ... it’s been so long since we’ve played.”

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