Echuca cricket clubs unite for the CFA

By Andrew Johnston

THE Echuca cricket community will unite under the lights of Victoria Park on Saturday.

Echuca and Echuca South's GMC A-grade clash will be held in the twilight, with the clubs looking to give to the CFA.

A number of local companies have come on board the event to lend their support, ranging from donations for every boundary hit and for certain dismissals, donation of raffle prizes and direct donations.

Echuca's Matt Hinks said he was excited to see the two clubs unite.

“It’s great to see both clubs in our community have this desire to help out,” he said.

“Having both sides come together to help support the cause on the day is something pretty special. Hopefully we see some guys put some big scores on the board and really help push the total raised through the roof.”

As well as the sponsor donation, there will be tins floating around the ground for spectators to make their own donations.

Echuca South's Grady Smith said both clubs felt the importance of giving back to those who had worked to help others during the fire crisis.

“Both clubs just want to do our part to help those who have been affected by the big bushfires across the country,” he said.

“We thought starting the game a bit later in the day would be a good idea to hopefully attract a few more people to the event. It's something different and special for all the players, and hopefully it will be a great way of getting people to support a great cause.

“At the end of the day, the outcome of the game can’t even be compared to what some people have gone through in the past few months.”

A barbecue will be run on the day, with the bar open and the Hottest 100 on the radio.

The game begins at 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon.