When the Newstead Cricket Club found out that its local school was playing cricket on a 50-year-old concrete pitch, with rusted metal wickets surrounded by dirt, it sprung into action, enlisting the help of Australian cricketing legend Brad Hodge to drum up some funds.
Later this month, Hodge will pull on the whites for the Steaders in a clash with Muckleford, but he is looking for an opening batting partner to get the job done.
Hodge is a former national and international cricketer who put up more than 17,000 first-class runs in his career.
The chance to open for Newstead alongside one of the most prolific runscorers in domestic cricket is currently under auction, with funds going directly to the cause.
Newstead Cricket Club secretary Ian Garsed said the concrete pitch currently located at the school has certainly seen “better days”,
prompting the response by the club. “I went to primary school here and it’s the same one that I played on as a kid,” he said.
Bidding is now open for the chance to bat alongside Hodge on Sunday, November 17, with a silent auction via email open until Wednesday, November 13th closing at 8 pm.
A reserve of $500 has been set and bids can be made at newstead email@example.com.
Players will be required to obtain a clearance to the Newstead Cricket Club for the day as per the Castlemaine and District Cricket Association’s by-laws.
For those keen to watch, Hodge and his Newstead teammates will don the blue and gold at the Newstead Recreation Reserve with entry by gold coin donation.
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