Brad Hodge match a success for Newstead

Australian cricketing legend Brad Hodge (centre) posed with the students from the Newstead Primary School at his fundraiser cricket game this month.

Cricketing legend Brad Hodge swapped out the baggy green for the gold and blue earlier this month, helping the Newstead Cricket Club raise some much needed funds for the local primary school’s cricket pitch.

The Kangaroos offered to help out the Newstead Primary School after it was discovered that its students were playing on a 50-year-old pitch.

Enlisting the help of Australian cricketer Brad Hodge to raise some coin, the Steaders defeated Muckleford earlier this month in front of a 300 strong crowd at the Newstead Recreation Reserve.

Hodge, who was a prominent member of the Victorian Cricket Team for more than two decades and played in six tests for Australia, made 45 runs and took 2/19 in the win for Newstead.

Unfortunately, the club missed out on some crucial funds, with no one winning the auction to open the batting alongside Hodge.

Despite this, Newstead Cricket Club secretary Ian Garsed said the day was still a hit with almost $1000 raised through gold coin donation.

“It was a great crowd, we were hoping for about 150 people and we got double that so that was really good,” he said.

For more on this story see Page 51 of The Advertiser, Friday, November 29

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